Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Knight Club? 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.
Knight Club is a located in Bryan, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC on multiple occasions due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2017 and 2019, authorities conducted four separate investigations into the club'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 Knight Club for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Knight Club Between 2017 and 2019
Bryan - 4353 Wellborn Road
On 10/13/2017, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to a minor.
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 12/09/2017.
A member of the Bryan community reached out to the TABC on 01/07/2019, accusing the bar of four counts of selling alcohol to a minor.
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 02/05/2019.
A law enforcement complaint, filed on 03/09/2019, claimed that a breach of the peace (typically a fight) took place.
TABC agents conducted an inquiry, but they were ultimately unable to find any corroborating evidence. With no other course of action available, they decided to close the case on 05/07/2019.
Law enforcement contacted the TABC once again on 10/16/2019, claiming that the bar sold alcohol to both a minor and an intoxicated patron. Additionally, they claimed that the bar failed to report a breach of the peace.
While the ensuing investigation failed to find any evidence to back up the claims, it did result in a a written warning for the bar's failure to provide investigators with the records they requested in a timely manner. On 12/19/2019, the TABC brought this case to a close.
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.