Md. Court: Bars Not Liable for Patrons' Accidents

Maryland's highest court says bars can't be held responsible for accidents their patrons cause after they leave.

The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in the case of a 2008 drunken driving crash in Montgomery County that killed a 10-year-old girl.

The girl's grandparents sued Dogfish Head Alehouse, the Gaithersburg bar that served Michael Eaton, the driver, 17 beers and several more drinks of hard liquor on the night of the crash.

After leaving the bar, Eaton got into his car and struck the Warrs' vehicle from behind while speeding on Interstate 270. He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to prison.

The judges in the 4-3 opinion suggested that the General Assembly was the appropriate place to change the law, as opposed to the court.


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