Must the sale of liquor have been unlawful to recover damages in a dram shop action or liquor liability case?

Alcohol related incident, we start out knowing really not very much. What do we know? Well, we know that a person was at a bar. We know that they bought liquor at the bar and they drank the liquor at the bar. Is that enough to hold the bar accountable? No. The sale of the liquor has to be unlawful. Two things can make sale of liquor unlawful in Florida. Number one, I knowingly serve to somebody who’s a minor. Number two, I knowingly serve an alcoholic. Both those situations really, really risky to the public at large. That’s why as a bar owner, I’m not allowed to do it. Those are the situations when that bar owner can be held accountable.

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