Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Ravi's Liquor? Here's What You Need To Know
I've been suing irresponsible bars for over-serving alcohol for 30 years. My experience handling hundreds of cases has repeatedly shown me just how many bars fail to follow alcohol service regulations, as well as the tragedies that all too often result. While people might see or hear about a drunk driving accident from time to time, they don't tend to hear about the role that reckless bars play in those accidents. In order to call more attention to this issue, I dedicate a portion of my time to reviewing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint records 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, don't hesitate to call me at (855) 326-0000.
Ravi's Liquor is located in Lubbock, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC on multiple occasions due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2016 and 2020, authorities conducted four separate investigations into the store's alcohol service practices.
In my experience, it is 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 cause 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 Ravi's Liquor for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Ravi's Liquor Between 2016 and 2020
Lubbock - 2217 University Avenue
On 04/12/2016, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging that the store 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 05/10/2016.
The TABC received an anonymous complaint on 09/01/2016, alleging that the store sold alcohol to a minor.
Upon Investigation, authorities found evidence that a minor attempted to purchase alcohol, misrepresented his age, and possessed or consumed alcohol on the premises, all of which the TABC considered criminal violations. Investigators ultimately decided not to take any action, choosing instead to close the case on 10/03/2016.
A member of the Lubbock community reached out to the TABC on 08/29/2019, claiming that the store sold alcohol to a minor.
TABC agents conducted an inquiry and managed to find proof that a minor had misrepresented his age, which authorities classified as a criminal violation. Once again, however, investigators opted to not hand down any punishment, subsequently closing the case on 10/29/2019.
On 03/10/2020, yet another citizen complaint brought the TABC back to investigate an allegation that the store sold alcohol to a minor.
As mentioned in the first 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 04/07/2020.
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.