Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Club Sirius? 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.
Club Sirius is a bar located in San Antonio, Texas. Established in 2003, the bar has recently attracted the attention of the TABC for allegations of liquor law violations. In 2019 alone, authorities conducted two 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 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 Club Sirius for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Club Sirius in 2019
San Antonio - 228 Losoya Street
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 03/13/2019, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.
Even when the source of a complaint is a police officer, 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 particular case, authorities decided to close the investigation on 05/01/2019.
On 09/05/2019, a second law enforcement complaint again alleged that the bar sold alcohol to a patron who was already drunk.
Due to a lack of video evidence, authorities could not determine the veracity of the claim and could thus take no action. As a result, authorities shut the case on 11/05/2019.
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.