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New Jersey Court: Drunk Driver Can Sue Bar That Served Him

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled a convicted drunken driver has the right to sue the bar that served him.

Wednesday’s 5-2 ruling stems from a 2006 motorcycle crash in which Frederick Voss had a blood-alcohol level of .196 percent, or nearly two and a half times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Voss later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.

He sued the Toms River restaurant Tiffany’s, claiming it negligently kept serving him.

The tavern said the suit isn’t allowed under a state law that says people convicted of DWI cannot sue.

The court ruled that law pertains to insurance claims, not to those who serve drinks.

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One Comment

  1. donna says:

    Of course – sue the guy who tries to make a living. Ever heard of “take responsibility for your own actions”.

  2. Zzbar says:

    Hey. The bar owner should serve one drink per patron. If the owner can’t make a living this way go into another business. “NJEA is hiring with benefits.” If all the bars go out of business, we won’t have that many drunks. Sounds ridiculous, oh well. Have you ever had a relative or loved one killed by a drunk, (driver)?

  3. Peter says:

    The problem is that the statute that was supposed to take away this right to sue was so poorly written that the court struck it down

  4. Frank says:

    From the same mental midgets that allowed Lautenberg to illegally run in place of Toricelli….

  5. odie says:

    Totally ridiculous. Yet another reason why NJ stinks.

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