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Considering A Dram Shop Case Against The Ticket Sports Bar & Grill? 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.

The Ticket Sports Bar & Grill is located in Universal City, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2015 and 2017, authorities conducted two 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 The Ticket Sports Bar & Grill for possible criminal or administrative violations.

TABC Investigations of The Ticket Sports Bar & Grill Between 2015 and 2017


Universal City - 2617 Pat Booker Road Suite 102

Allegations:

On 01/09/2015, staff filed a TABC complaint that claimed a breach of the peace (typically a fight) occurred. While it might seem strange for a staff member to be the source of a TABC complaint, employees have a legal obligation to report any violations they see in the workplace.

An investigation ensued, but authorities did not manage to find any evidence to back up the claim. Unable to take any further action, they decided to close the case on 02/22/2015.

A member of the Universal City community reached out to the TABC on 08/19/2017, alleging multiple violations. These included: permitting a minor to both purchase and consume alcohol, staff drinking on the job, and allowing staff to sell drugs on the premises.

Authorities looked into the allegations soon 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 10/20/2017.

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.