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  • Pennsylvania College Injury Law Update – New Criminal Charges After Deleted Footage Shows Excessive Alcohol Served to Underage Student Before His Death (November 14, 2017) New criminal charges were just filed in a Penn State hazing case that resulted in a student’s death. Video footage showed the student was given 18 drinks in under 90 minutes. Penn State recently implemented safety measures to prevent this type of tragedy from happening. Our injury lawyers take a look at the safety ...
  • Nightclub or Bar Liability for Alcohol Related Fights in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (October 26, 2016) Get legal info about Pennsylvania, New Jersey law on club or bar liability for alcohol related fights and assaults. What are dram shop laws and how do they apply? Are there other types of negligence claims?
  • I was assaulted in a bar fight in Pennsylvania. I am a New Jersey resident. Can I sue the bar for my injuries? Can I get compensated for my pain and suffering? (August 5, 2016) FAQ: I was assaulted in a bar fight in Pennsylvania. I am a New Jersey resident. Can I sue the bar for my injuries? Can I get compensated for my pain and suffering?
  • House Parties & Serving Alcohol to Minors in Pennsylvania (March 16, 2016) Get the latest in Pennsylvania law, serving alcohol to minors at a house party. Are homeowners liable? The PA Supreme Court is expected to decide a major case.
  • Drunk Driving Accidents in Philadelphia – New Technology May Stop Drunk Driving (March 1, 2016) Drunk driving is a serious problem and has devastating effects for all involved. Brian Lafferty, talks about new technology that may stop drunk driving in the future.
  • Philadelphia, PA Negligent Security Assault Cases – Bar Liability for Underage Drinking & Injuries (November 19, 2015) In this law article, our injury lawyers discuss the problem of underage drinking at bars in Philadelphia. Bars are often held liable for negligent security and/or violation of PA Dram Shop laws, i.e., allowing underage patrons to be served alcohol. Injured individuals have legal rights to financial recovery.
  • Philadelphia Man Injured in Bar Fight (Oct. 2015) (October 28, 2015) October 2015 Update: A Philadelphia man suffered a serious brain injury after being knocked unconscious outside of a bar in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood. Police are investigating. Our lawyers discuss criminal and civil liability in these cases.
  • Lawsuits for Alcohol Related Injuries at New Jersey Shore Bars & Clubs (June 29, 2015) Bars & Nightclubs at the New Jersey Shore It’s summertime, and this means droves of young people will be hanging out at various beach towns at the New Jersey Shore. Point Pleasant, Wildwood and Seaside Heights are popular with young crowds who come from in state and out of state. Residents of Pennsylvania, New York and ...
  • Recent Alcohol-Related College Deaths – A Bad Start to the 2014-2015 School Year (October 8, 2014) The 2014-2015 college school year has gotten off to a bad start. There have been multiple reports of freshmen or young students dying in alcohol or drug related incidents or suicides. So far, at least 4 college freshmen have died in suspected or known alcohol related incidents, at least one of which involved a fraternity ...
  • DUI Car Accident Lawsuits in Pennsylvania – Financial Compensation for Injured Victims (September 19, 2014) Driving under the influence (DUI) auto accident lawsuits are probably one of the most common types of accident-injury lawsuits in Pennsylvania. Individuals who are injured in accidents caused by a drunk driver have the legal right to be compensated for their injuries and financial losses. In a DUI car accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania, the injured party ...
  • Alcohol Accident & Injury Lawsuits in PA & NJ (March 18, 2014) Negligence Claims Against Bars, Restaurants & Clubs Accidents and incidents involving alcohol are very common and often result in death and serious injuries. The three most common types of alcohol related incidents include: DUI (driving under the influence), assaults/accidents which occur inside a bar, restaurant or club, and assaults/accidents which occur outside or off the premises of a bar, ...
  • Homeowners’ Insurance May Provide Coverage for Victims of Assaults, Sexual Assaults & Shootings (March 2, 2014) The terms “homeowners’ insurance” and “renters’ insurance” are misnomers because they do not apply solely to accidents and injuries which occur on an insured person’s property. Rather, they should be called “negligence insurance” or “liability insurance” because these kinds of insurance policies often apply to situations occurring outside of and off of the insured home. ...
  • DUI Accidents in Philadelphia – Is the Bar/Restaurant Liable? (January 13, 2014) It is a common scenario: An underage person gets into a bar in Philadelphia and drinks alcohol. He then gets behind the wheel and causes a DUI car accident. Does he have any legal recourse against the bar? Most people believe that an underage person who goes to a bar, gets drunk and causes a DUI ...
  • Pennsylvania & New Jersey DUI Accident Law – Liability Beyond the Drivers (December 4, 2013) DUI accidents are an unfortunate reality. Whether it’s a teenager who gets drunk at a friend’s house or an adult who is over-served at a bar in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, issues of liability must be analyzed thoroughly, especially in serious injury cases. Below are two examples which highlight liability of parties other than the ...
  • NJ Alcohol Accident Law Update – Auto Insurance Policy Held to Apply to a House Party Alcohol/DUI Accident (December 4, 2013) Vrskovy v. Curcio is a recent Ocean County, NJ case which was decided on October 9, 2013. It is an interesting and unique alcohol accident/DUI case because in most situations when a house party leads to a DUI accident, the injured party is usually limited to recovering from the homeowner’s insurance policy. In other words, ...
  • Philadelphia Bar & Nightclub Liability for Fights & Shootings (November 18, 2013) Philadelphia Bar Goer Dies after Club Fight Ends in Shooting South Street in Philadelphia has long been known for its food, fun and night life. However, it is now becoming known for shootings and fights. Over the weekend, a young Philadelphia man was killed after a bar fight ended in a shooting. According to myfoxphilly.com, a fight ...
  • NJ Bars & Restaurants – Beware of Serving Underage Patrons (October 15, 2013) According to Students Against Drunk Driving, during a one month period, almost 30% of underage people (ages 12-20) drink alcohol. Underage drinking is a serious issue, especially for bars and restaurants. In fact, over the summer, a Vineland, NJ bar had its liquor license revoked after 2 underage men were killed in a DUI accident. ...
  • Pennsylvania Bar & Restaurant Liability for Serving Minors Alcohol (September 5, 2013) Earlier this year, three young men were killed in Indiana County, Pennsylvania after their car overturned in a pond. All three men were under the age of 21, and according to the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control, all three had been served alcohol at a sports bar in Cowanshannock, PA. As a result of ...
  • Drinking, Assaults & Homeowners’ Insurance (August 17, 2013) People who commit assaults can be held criminally and civilly liable. The same goes for those who get drunk and get into fights or otherwise harm innocent people. The most common type of situation is drunk driving. Someone who drinks alcohol and gets behind the wheel can be criminally prosecuted for a DUI or DWI. In ...
  • Bar/Restaurant Fights – Is a Bar Liable for Fights Outside of the Property? (July 15, 2013) Generally in Pennsylvania, stores such as grocery stores, shopping malls, retail stores, etc., do not have duties with respect to persons outside of the premises, or bystanders. However, in some cases, stores and businesses can be held liable when negligence increases the risk of harm to bystanders. This type of liability is common in lawsuits ...
  • Pennsylvania Bar/Restaurant Negligence Update – Liability for Fights Outside of the Premises (July 15, 2013) Bar/Restaurant Liability for Fights in Pennsylvania Under Pennsylvania law, bars, restaurants and clubs can be held liable for fights which occur on the premises. Common theories of liability in such instances usually include negligence in serving alcohol, failure to have appropriate security, failure to hire/train security, etc. However, generally speaking, bars and restaurants are not liable for ...
  • Bar Fights and Intoxication – Is the Bar Liable? (May 15, 2013) It’s a scene out of a movie -a man enters bar, drinks excessively, and then gets into a fight with another person inside the bar. The bartender looks on. This happens quite often in real life and for the person on the receiving end of a punch from a drunk person, things can get ugly ...
  • NJ Bar & Restaurant Alcohol Liability Legal Update – Halvorsen v. Villamil (March 25, 2013) New Jersey Superior Court Finds in Favor of Car Accident Victims Injured by Drunk Driver/Bar Patron Earlier this month, the New Jersey Superior Court reversed a lower court decision which held in favor of a bar/restaurant which had been sued for negligence in serving alcohol. In general, cases involving bar and restaurant liability for negligence in ...
  • New Jersey Bar Liability for Serving Too Much Alcohol (January 2, 2013) The New Jersey Licensed Alcoholic Beverage Server Fair Liability Act, specifically, N.J.S.A. 2A:22A-5, lays out the elements of a dram shop case against a bar or restaurant: a. A person who sustains personal injury or property damage as a result of the negligent service of alcoholic beverages by a licensed alcoholic beverage server may recover damages ...
  • Pennsylvania Bar & Restaurant Liability for Drunk Driving Accidents-The Importance of Prompt Investigation (September 9, 2012) In Pennsylvania, any business which serves alcohol is required to follow two basic rules: 1. do not serve minors alcohol, and 2. do not serve alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated. Liability of a Bar or Restaurant in a Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Case A bar, restaurant or nightclub which serves alcohol to a minor or someone who is ...
  • Civil Liability in Alcohol Related Accidents in Pennsylvania – Alcohol Service Establishments (August 8, 2012) In Pennsylvania, there are many kinds of civil cases which involve liability related to serving alcohol. Under the law, any establishment which negligently serves alcohol is subject to liability if the person who is served then is injured or causes injury. Such liability may extend to many different kinds of establishments. For instance, a bar or ...
  • New Jersey Bar & Restaurant Liability for Negligently Serving Alcohol (April 13, 2012) New Jersey bars and restaurants may be liable in situations where a server or bartender negligently serves alcohol to a customer and that customer causes injury to another person. Injury could result from a bar fight, car accident or any other type of accident or mishap. In addition, bar customers who injure themselves may be ...

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