Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dram Shop Liability

Dram Shop Rule

n. a statute (Dram Shop Act) or case law in 38 states which makes a business which sells alcoholic drinks or a host who serves liquor to a drinker who is obviously intoxicated or close to it, strictly liable to anyone injured by the drunken patron or guest. It is often hard to prove that the liquor bought or served was the specific cause of an accident (such as an automobile crash while driving home), since there is always an intervening cause, namely, the drunk.


Liability:  li·a·bil·i·ty

[lahy-uh-bil-i-tee] Show IPA
noun, plural li·a·bil·i·ties.
1. liabilities.
a. moneys owed; debts or pecuniary obligations (opposed to assets ).
b. Accounting. liabilities as detailed on a balance sheet, especially in relation to assets and capital.
2. something disadvantageous: His lack of education is his biggest liability.
3. Also, li·a·ble·ness. the state or quality of being liable: liability to disease.

1785–95; li(able) + -ability

non·li·a·bil·i·ty, noun, plural non·li·a·bil·i·ties.
pre·li·a·bil·i·ty, noun, plural pre·li·a·bil·i·ties.


Dram Shop
[dram-shop] Show IPA noun
bar; barroom; saloon.

Origin:  1715–25; dram + shop Unabridged
Source:  Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.