Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Longshotz? Here's What You Need To Know
My firm has handled more liquor liability (dram shop) cases than anyone else in Texas. With over 30 years of practice behind me, I can attest to just how many bars regularly fail to adhere to alcohol service laws, particularly when it comes to their obligation to refuse service to patrons who are already drunk. While the public might see or hear about a drunk driving accident from time to time, it is much less common for it to hear about the role that irresponsible bars play in those accidents. In order to increase people's awareness of this problem, I dedicate a portion of my time to researching the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint database and reporting my findings here on my website. If you think you may have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim and have questions about how to proceed, please call me at (855) 326-0000.
Longshotz is a sports bar located in Schertz, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the TABC's attention due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2015 and 2016, authorities conducted two 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 Longshotz for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Longshotz Between 2015 and 2016
Schertz - 17327 Ih 35N #203
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 12/09/2015, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to a patron who was already drunk
Authorities launched an investigation 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 particular instance, authorities decided to close the case on 01/26/2016.
On 02/05/2016, law enforcement filed a complaint, claiming that a breach of the peace took place and that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated customer.
The TABC conducted an inquiry, but was not successful at locating any evidence of wrongdoing. Unable to take any further action, authorities closed the case on 04/01/2016.
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.