Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Green Light Social? Here's What You Need To Know
For three decades, I've been holding bars accountable for over-serving alcohol. In the hundreds of cases I've handled, I've seen just how widespread irresponsible alcohol service is, as well as the tragedies that often follow in its wake. While people might see or hear about drunk driving accidents from time to time, rarely do they hear about the role that reckless bars play in those accidents. In order to draw more attention to this issue, I dedicate a portion of my time to investigating the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint records and reporting my findings here on my website. If you believe you may have a dram shop claim, please call my office at (855) 326-0000.
Green Light Social is a bar located in Austin, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2018 and 2019 alone, authorities conducted five separate investigations into the bar's alcohol service practices.
In my experience, it's uncommon for a bar without a history of run-ins with the TABC to end up on the hook for contributing to a wrongful death or injury. Virtually every bar I have ever sued was already on the authorities' radar. That's why I pay close attention to bars with several recent complaints against them. The more investigations a bar has had, the greater my concern is that it could one day contribute to an accident.
Note: Investigations are not proof of wrongdoing. However, if authorities investigate and fail to find evidence of a violation, it doesn't necessarily mean an establishment is innocent, either. The purpose of this article is simply to relay publicly-available information about incidents where the TABC has investigated Green Light Social for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Green Light Social Between 2018 and 2019
Austin - 720 W 6Th Street
On 01/22/2018, a concerned citizen contacted the TABC, alleging that staff was drinking on the job, in addition to selling alcohol both to an intoxicated person and during prohibited hours.
Authorities looked into the matter shortly thereafter. For most liquor law violations, the TABC requires either video footage of the incident or eyewitness testimony from one of its agents in order to take action. Having neither in this investigation, authorities decided to close the case on 02/14/2018.
A member of the Austin community reached out to the TABC on 03/21/2018, claiming that staff sold drugs on the premises.
As mentioned in the previous investigation summary, the TABC relies heavily on video footage to back up most claims of wrongdoing. Since authorities had no such evidence in this investigation, they could not take any action, leading to their decision to close the case on 04/24/2018.
The TABC received an anonymous complaint on 07/24/2018, claiming that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person, in addition alleging that a breach of the peace (typically a fight) occurred, which the bar failed to report (a separate violation in itself).
The ensuing investigation found evidence to support all of the allegations, which authorities classified as administrative violations. After handing down written warnings, the TABC closed the case without further action on 08/21/2018.
On 12/17/2018, another citizen complaint reached the TABC, claiming that staff was drinking on the job and sold alcohol to both an intoxicated person and a minor.
TABC agents conducted an inquiry, but due to a lack of video evidence, they could not determine the veracity of the claim. As a result, investigators could not take any further action, leading to their decision to close the case on 01/23/2019.
Yet another citizen complaint, filed on 01/23/2019, alleged that staff was drinking on the job and sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.
An investigation followed shortly thereafter, but authorities were ultimately unable to find any corroborating evidence. Consequently, the TABC decided to conclude its work on the case on 03/27/2019.
Texas Law Says Accident Victims Can Sue Bad Bars
If you would like to learn more about Texas dram shop law (i.e. lawsuits against bars who play a role in injurious or fatal accidents), please visit our Texas Dram Shop Law Info Page.