Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Los Nuevos Amigos? 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.
Los Nuevos Amigos is a bar located in Corpus Christi, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2015 and 2019, authorities 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 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 Los Nuevos Amigos for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Los Nuevos Amigos Between 2015 and 2019
Corpus Christi - 3601 Morgan Avenue
On 09/17/2015, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person and allowed the possession of drugs on the premises.
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 10/03/2015.
A member of the Corpus Christi community reached out to the TABC on 03/26/2018, claiming that the bar permitted a minor to purchase and consume alcohol, allowed the possession of drugs, and allowed staff to sell drugs on the premises.
While the ensuing investigation did not find any proof to support the initial allegations, it did find sufficient evidence to confirm that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person, which authorities classified as both an administrative and criminal violation. After handing down an unspecified penalty, the TABC closed the case on 05/26/2018.
The TABC received a complaint from a concerned citizen on 10/16/2018, accusing the bar of selling alcohol to a minor, an intoxicated person, and during prohibited hours, in addition to allowing staff to sell drugs on the premises.
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 12/04/2018.
The next citizen complaint came on 03/28/2019, alleging that staff was drinking on the job, allowed a minor to both purchase and consume alcohol, permitted the possession of drugs on the premises, and allowed staff to sell drugs.
Upon investigation, authorities found evidence that the bar permitted staff to possess and sell drugs on the premises, which they classified as administrative violations. After deciding not to hand down any punishment, the TABC closed the case without further action on 05/23/2019.
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.