Considering A Dram Shop Case Against C C's Bar & Grill? Here's What You Need To Know
For three decades, I've been holding bars accountable for over-serving alcohol. In the hundreds of cases I've handled, I've seen just how widespread irresponsible alcohol service is, as well as the tragedies that often follow in its wake. While people might see or hear about drunk driving accidents from time to time, rarely do they hear about the role that reckless bars play in those accidents. In order to draw more attention to this issue, I dedicate a portion of my time to investigating the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint records and reporting my findings here on my website. If you believe you may have a dram shop claim, please call my office at (855) 326-0000.
C C's Bar & Grill is located in Lubbock, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2019 and 2020 alone, authorities conducted four separate 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 C C's Bar & Grill for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of C C's Bar & Grill Between 2019 and 2020
Lubbock - 1605 50Th Street
On 05/22/2019, a member of the Lubbock community reached out to the TABC, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person and that a breach of the peace (typically a fight) occurred.
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 07/24/2019.
A concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC on 11/18/2019, claiming that the bar allowed customers to both purchase and consume alcohol during prohibited hours.
An investigation ensued, but authorities were ultimately unable to produce sufficient evidence of wrongdoing to take any action. Left with no other option, the TABC closed the case on 12/22/2019.
The TABC received a citizen complaint on 12/31/2019, accusing staff of drinking on the job and selling 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 03/18/2020.
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 02/04/2020, claiming that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.
TABC agents conducted an inquiry, but even though the source of the complaint was a police officer, they could not determine the veracity of the claim due to a lack of video evidence. As a result, investigators could not take any further action, leading to their decision to close the case on 04/28/2020.
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.