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Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Allen's Place? 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.

Allen's Place is a bar located in Sealy, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2016 and 2020, the TABC conducted four separate investigations into the bar'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 Allen's Place for possible criminal or administrative violations.

TABC Investigations of Allen's Place Between 2016 and 2020


Sealy - 805 Frydek Road

Allegations:

On 10/26/2016, the TABC received an anonymous complaint, alleging that staff was drinking on the job and sold alcohol both to an intoxicated person as well as 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 12/20/2016.

A concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC on 01/30/2018, accusing staff of drinking on the job.

The ensuing investigation was able to confirm the allegation, which authorities classified as an administrative violation. After handing down an unspecified penalty, the TABC closed the case on 03/13/2018.

A member of the Sealy community reached out to the TABC on 05/20/2020, claiming that staff was drinking on the job and sold alcohol to a drunk customer.

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 06/30/2020.

The next citizen complaint to reach the TABC came on 04/06/2016, alleging that staff was drinking on the job, sold alcohol to an intoxicated person, and that there was alcohol acquired from another retailer on the premises.

Upon investigation, authorities found sufficient evidence to determine that staff was drinking on the job, which they classified as an administrative violation. After handing down an unspecified punishment, the TABC concluded its work on the case on 06/03/2016.

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.