NJ court: Drunk driver can sue bar that served him

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    Goodbye personal responsibility. It was nice knowing you. :(
     
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    Doesn't mean he'll win.
     
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    He'll win. Or the insurance company will settle. Either way, the bar owners are screwed. Liquor Liability insurance will go through the roof and they will be forced to raise prices or shut their doors. Welcome to NJ - Ambulance Chaser's Paradise. I used to think that lawyers and insurance companies were in opposition. Now I am starting to believe that they are in bed together.

    Next target: Liquor stores.
     
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    If it was a third party, such as someone he hit, I'd see a better chance of winning the case. Him, i doubt it.
     
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    Hitting someone else has always been a cause for action. This is the first time it has been allowed for hurting one's self. I'm wondering if someone gets locked up, if they can sue for time lost at work and lawyer bills. Coming soon?
     
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    nc has tavern laws....you serve a drunk and he kills someone on the way home...your ass is in the sling too......hard place to put bartenders in.....
     
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    I doubt he'll win. I use to own a bar. And I was threatened with several lawsuits including one by a guy who slipped on his own vomit and cracked his head on the toilet because he was blind drunk. I told him to go for it..and that I would rather close the bar down then let him get one red cent.
     
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    Ridiculous law.
     
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    Yeah no doubt, I would never bartend in that state too much responsibility.
     
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    A few comments. First, New Jersey has dram shop laws which require bar owners to stop serving patrons they know are drunk. Bar owners have personal responsibility, too.
    Second, someone who is that drunk doesn't necessarily have the judgment to stop drinking.
    Third, the Court only said he has the right to sue, not that he will win. That will be up to the jury. And shouldn't the jury ultimately be the finders of fact?
     

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