Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Anderson Mill Pub? 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.
Anderson Mill Pub is located in Austin, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2017 and 2020, authorities conducted six separate investigations into the bar'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 Anderson Mill Pub for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Anderson Mill Pub Between 2017 and 2019
Austin - 10401 Anderson Mill Road #121
On 05/18/2017, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.
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 07/14/2017.
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 01/14/2017, claiming that a breach of the peace took place, which the bar failed to report (a separate violation in itself).
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 03/18/2017.
A second law enforcement complaint came on 04/21/2017, accusing the bar of selling alcohol to an intoxicated person.
Upon investigation, authorities were able to confirm the allegation, which they classified as an administrative violation. After deciding not to hand down any punishment, the TABC closed the case without any further action on 05/18/2017.
A member of the Austin community reached out to the TABC on 07/30/2018, claiming that staff was drinking on the job and sold alcohol to a drunk person.
The ensuing investigation found sufficient evidence to corroborate the second allegation, which authorities classified as both a criminal and administrative violation. Once again, the TABC decided not to hand down any punishment, choosing instead to close the case on 09/05/2018.
The TABC received a citizen complaint on 03/27/2019, accusing staff of drinking on the job and selling drugs on the premises.
The subsequent investigation failed to turn up any hard evidence of a criminal or administrative violation. Consequently, the TABC chose to close the case on 05/11/2019.
A law enforcement complaint, filed on 01/10/2020, brought the TABC back to investigate once again. On this occasion, the accusation was that the bar sold alcohol to a patron who was already intoxicated.
The case remained open for well over three months, but authorities were ultimately unable to determine the veracity of the claim. Left with no other option, the TABC concluded its work on the case on 04/29/2020.
Texas Law Says Accident Victims Can Sue Bad Bars
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