Ga. court says store can be liable for beer sale

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and found a convenience store can be held liable for a fatal highway accident that took place after a driver purchased a 12-pack of beer.
The court ruled 6-1 Tuesday that Exprezit! Stores 98-Georgia can be held liable for selling beer to a man named Billy Grundell, who was noticeably intoxicated when he made the purchase in Clinch County. His vehicle later struck a van, killing him and five other people.
The families of those injured sued, but the trial court and Georgia Court of Appeals awarded summary judgment to the store on grounds the beer was not sold for consumption on premises. The Supreme Court disagreed.
Attorneys for the store argued that clerks couldn't know Grundell would soon be driving.

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  • by Drunk Tom Location: somewhere on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:14 PM
    If he drove in and bought some beer then he drove off, couldn't you see that he was driving ? Him being visibly intoxicated would be a good indicator that he didn't need any more beer.I how ever do not agree with this ruling by the Supreme Court.Because stores are in the business of selling, not in to judging what people may or may not do.So this will trickle down to condoms that you buy. If they break then the store owner is going to have child support on his hands.Even tho he didn't make the condoms.
  • by not a drunk Location: Panama city on Jul 5, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    ban it all then tell them to shut up
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