Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Musas? Here's What You Need To Know
I've sued more reckless bars for failing to adhere to liquor laws than anyone else in the state of Texas. With three decades of experience and hundreds of cases behind me, I have seen just how frequently bars put profit before safety and over-serve alcohol, in spite of their legal obligation to serve responsibly. While people might see or hear of drunk driving accidents from time to time, they don't tend to hear as much about the role that irresponsible bars play in those accidents. In order to raise more awareness of this topic, I spend a portion of my time researching the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint database and writing about my findings here on my website. If you think you might have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim, don't hesitate to call my office at (855) 326-0000.
Musas is a nightclub located in Laredo, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted a significant amount of attention from the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. In 2019 alone, authorities conducted three separate investigations into the club's alcohol service practices.
In my three decades of legal practice, rarely have I seen bar end up involved in a wrongful death or injury case that didn't have a history of complaints on file with TABC. Almost every bar I've ever sued was already on the authorities radar, so when I see a bar that has been investigated several times over a short period, it raises my concern that it could one day play a part in an accident.
Note: Investigations are not proof of wrongdoing. However, if authorities investigate and fail to find evidence, 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 Musas for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Musas in 2019
Laredo - 2511 E Del Mar #2
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 06/25/2019, alleging that the club allowed a minor to both purchase and consume alcohol, in addition to allowing patrons to consume alcohol 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, investigators decided to close the case on 08/28/2019.
On 09/27/2019, law enforcement filed a complaint that alleged the bar failed to report a breach of the peace.
Upon investigation, authorities found sufficient evidence to back up the allegation, which they classified as an administrative violation. After handing down an unspecified penalty, the TABC closed the case on 10/02/2019.
A third law enforcement complaint came on 10/29/2019, claiming that the bar sold alcohol to a minor.
Even when the source of a complaint is a police officer, the TABC still requires corroborating evidence before it can take action. As investigators had no proof of wrongdoing, the case came to a close on 11/15/2019.
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.