Texas Liquor Liability Practice Manual 2018

  • ID: 4411220
  • Book
  • Region: United States
  • 368 Pages
  • ALM Media, LLC
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Spencer Markle is a veteran trial lawyer with more than 30 years of litigation experience, and has handled over 100 jury trials, and over 100 dram shop cases from both sides of the docket, including the seminal case, FFP Operating Partners v. Duenez.

Markle explains the process from initial investigation through a jury trial.

  •  Summarizes pertinent statutes and case law
  •  Offers evaluation, prosecution, and defense strategies
  •  Speaks to potential benefits and pitfalls of expert testimony
  •  Includes sample forms on CD.

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Chapter 1: Traditional Common Law Immunity and the
Origins of Texas Dram Shop Liability ....................................1
1-1 Traditional Immunity …………………….. 1
1-2 El Chico v. Poole …………………………………… 2
1-3 The Statute ………………… 4
1-4 Common Law or Statutory Cause of Action …………6
1-5 Commentary …………………………… 7
Chapter 2: The Statutory Cause of Action § 2.02 TABC .........................9
2-1 “Provider ” Defined …………………………… 9
2-2 Section 2.02(a) …………………………………………………… 10
2-3 Section 2.02(b) …………………………………………………… 10
Chapter 3: Traditional Common Law Social Host Immunity .................15
3-1 Traditional Immunity …………………………………………………………. 15
3-2 Common Law Social Host Immunity after 1987 and before 2005 ………. 15
3-3 The Establishment of Civil Liability
for Certain Social Hosts ……………………………………………… 16
Chapter 4: Statutory Social Host Liability, TABC § 2.02c ....................19
4-1 The Statute …………………………………………….. 19
4-2 The Effective Date ……………………………….. 20
4-3 The Practical Application
of the Statute ………………………………………………. 20
Chapter 5: The Exclusivity of the Cause of Action, TABC § 2.03 ..........23
5-1 The Statute …………………………………. 23
5-2 Attempts to Circumvent the Exclusivity ………………….. 23
5-3 The Practical Effect of the Exclusive
Remedy Provision ………………………………… 25
Chapter 6: The Recovery of Exemplary Damages .................................29
6-1 Steak & Ale of Texas , Inc. v. Borneman ……………29
6-2 CPR C 41.005 and Wils on v. KWG ………………….. 30
6-3 Wrongful Death and the Texas Constitution ……………….. 32
Chapter 7: The Safe Harbor Affirmative Defense, TABC § 106.14 ........37
7-1 The Statute …………………………………. 37
7-2 The First Prong and the Evidence …………………….. 38
7-3 The Second Prong and the Evidence …………………….. 39
7-4 The Third Prong and the Evidence before Parker………………………… 39
7-5 Parker v. 20801 …………………………………… 43
7-6 Commentary—Parker Shifts the Burden
of Prof and Stands Traditional Notions of Affirmative Defenses
on Their Head …………………………….. 45
Chapter 8: Duenez and the Comparative Responsibility
Act: Application to Dram Shop Cases ...............................................47
8-1 Background of the Duenez Case ………………..47
8-2 The Court’s Pretrial Ruling …………………… 48
8-3 The Trial Result ………………………………………. 49
8-4 The Court of Appeals Affirms ………………………… 50
8-5 The Supreme Court Issues Three Opinions …………………… 51
8-6 The Practical Effect of the Ultimate
Holding and the Comparative
Responsibility Act …………………. 52
8-7 Commentary …………………………………… 52
Chapter 9: Evaluating the Potential Dram Shop Case
From the Plaintiff’s Perspective ........................................................55
9-1 Third-Party Cases ……………………………………………….. 55
9-2 First Party Cases ……………………………………………… 57
9-3 Quasi First Party Cases ……………………………. 59
Chapter 10: Prelitigation Investigation and Preparation ........................61
10-1 Witness Statements and EUOs:
Eyewitnesses and Servers …………………61
10-2 Contact with the Drunk Driver’s
Criminal Defense Lawyer:
Non-discoverable Witness Interview ……………………….. 65
10-3 Onsite Investigation and Thwarting the Safe Harbor Defense
Pre-litigation ……………………………..66
10-4 Police Report and B.A.C. ……………………………….. 67
10-5 Prelitigation investigation on behalf of the establishment ………….. 69
Chapter 11: Preparation of Plaintiff ’s
Original Petition ...............................................................................71
11-1 Parties to be Named in the Petition and Why …………. 71
11-2 Request for Disclosure ……………………………………. 73
11-3 Request for Production ……………………………………….. 76
11-4 Interrogatories ………………………………………….. 78
Chapter 12: The Filing of a Contemporaneous
Complaint with the TABC .................................................................83
12-1 Collateral Estopel Considerations ……………………………….. 85
Chapter 13: Defendant’s Original Answer .............................................87
13-1 The Negligence of the Plaintif ………………………… 88
13-2 No Exempla ry Damages …………………………… 89
13-3 Designation of Responsible Third
Part y—Do It Preemptively to Nullify
Later Nonsuit by the Plaintif …………………………… 90
13-4 Assert the Safe Harbor
Defense? Maybe ……………………………………………….. 91
Chapter 14: Written Discovery to the Plaintiff ......................................93
14-1 To the Plaintif………………………………………………. 93
14-1:1 Sample List of Items to Include in Request
for Production From Plaintiff(s) ………………………………………… 94
14-2 Interrogatories ………………………………………… 97
14-2:1 Sample Interrogatories for Defense Counsel ………………….. 97
14-3 To the Defendant ………………………………. 99
14-3:1 Sample List of Items to Include in Request
for Production to Defendant Provider………………………….. 100
14-3:2 Sample List of Items to Include in Request
for Production to Defendant Bartender …………………………………… 105
14-3:3 Sample List of Items to Include in Request
for Production to Defendant Drunk Driver
or Intoxicated Person ………………………………………… 106
14-4 Interrogatories for Plaintif Counsel ………………………………………… 108
14-4:1 Sample Interrogatories for Individual Defendants …………………….. 111
14-4:2 Sample Interrogatories for Drunk Driver litigant …………………………………………. 115
Chapter 15: Depositions ......................................................................119
15-1 Deposing the First Part y Plaintif …………………………………. 119
15-2 Deposing the “Quasi ” First Party Plaintif …………………………………………122
15-3 Deposing the Third Part y Plaintif …………………………………… 125
15-4 De posing the Drunk Driver ………………………………..126
15-5 Deposing the Defense Witneses ………………………………….. 131
Chapter 16: Toxicology And Expert Testimony ...................................135
16-1 Background …………………………………. 135
16-2 Retrograde Extrapolation ………………………….136
16-3 The Dubowski Chart and Expected
Sig ns of Intoxication at Various
Levels of BAC ………………………………….. 138
16-4 Metabolic and Physiologic Tolerance
to Alcohol ……………………….. 138
16-5 De posing The Plaintiff’s Toxicologist …………………………… 140
16-6 The Retention And Utilization
Of The Defense Toxicologist ……………………………….. 142
16-7 The Selection And Use Of Liability
Experts, If Any …………………………………… 145
16-7:1 Liability Experts for the Plaintiff ………………………….. 145
16-7:2 Liability Experts for the Defense ………………………………….. 148
16-8 De posing The Defense Toxicologist ……………………………… 149
Chapter 17: Motion in Limine .............................................................153
17-1 The Plaintif’s Motion In Limine …………………………………….. 153
17-2 The Defense Motion In Limine ……………………………. 159
Chapter 18: Jury Selection ..................................................................165
18-1 Jury Selection in the Trial
of Dram Shop Cases ………….. 165
18-2 The Plaintiff’s Voir Di re and Jury
Selection ……………………………… 167
18-3 Voir Di re and Jury Selection
for the Defense …………….. 174
Chapter 19: Trying the Dram Shop Case to a Jury ..............................177
19-1 Trying the Plaintif’s Case …………………………………. 177
19-2 Trying the Defense Case……………………………………. 182
19-3 Final Argument for the Plaintif …………………………………..188
19-4 Final Argument for the Defense ……………………………………… 190
Appendix ............................................................................................193
Table of Cases ...................................................................................000
Index .................................................................................................000
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Spencer Markle is a veteran trial lawyer with more than 30 years of litigation experience, over 100 jury trials and has handled over 100 dram shop cases from both sides of the docket, including the seminal case, FFP Operating Partners v. Duenez as well as the reported cases of Cianci v. M. Till, Inc.,  Davis v. RPoint5 Ventures and Wilson v. KWG.   The author’s unique perspective is benefitted from having tried and obtained over a dozen zero verdicts representing dram shop defendants and three verdicts of over one million dollars each while representing plaintiffs in dram shop wrongful death actions.
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