Plaintiff survives Motion to Dismiss on issue of first impression

Motion to Dismiss defeated.  Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, after a lengthy oral argument, defeated a motion to dismiss filed by a local bar who argued a widow’s dram shop claim against the bar unfounded.  After defeating the motion to dismiss, the widow’s claims against the bar will continue. Check in next week to read our…

A Friend Attends Your Holiday Party; Leaves; and Injures Someone; Are You Liable?

No.  This is why. Illinois does not impose liability on social hosts.  It’s important to note that Illinois law does provide limited liability for social hosts if the intoxicated person is under the legal drinking age of 21 years. For instance, it is unlawful in Illinois not only to provide alcohol to a minor, but…

What is a Dram Shop Claim?

Dram shop laws hold bars, restaurants, and sometimes even party hosts responsible for the sale or gift of alcohol to someone who becomes intoxicated and subsequently causes some type of harm, damage, injury, or even death.  Dram shop claims arise in a variety of situations.  For example, let’s assume that Mr. Smith has to much to…