The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that The Sports Grill, a Georgia sports bar, has settled a lawsuit against it, known as a dram shop action, for $1 million. AJC repots that Cuneyt Erturk, was driving home on October 25, 2008 when he was struck and killed by a car driven by William Paul Davis. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Mr. Erturk's widow claimed that Sports Grill staff members overserved Davis knowing he would drive home. State Court Judge Toby Prodgers in May sanctioned the bar for destroying more than four hours of videotape that might have proved Ms. Erturk's case. The Judge also found evidence that The Sports Grill destroyed tabs for two customers who were with Davis and the "spill sheet" that recorded complimentary drinks to patrons that night. The Sports Grill denied the allegations in court documents, and the parties reached a settlement on July 15, 2010.
The Adams Law Firm prosecutes dram shop cases on behalf of plaintffs like Ms. Erturk. As the Erturk case shows, early presrvation of evidence held by a bar or restaurant may be key is proving alleged liability. Please call us with any questions or concerns you may have about establishments who irresponsibly serve patrons.