Dram Shop Verdict in Oregon: What Should We Do in Maryland?

The South Carolina Lawyer Blog reports on a $1.3 million verdict against a restaurant in Oregon. The jury found that the restaurant served too much alcohol to a convicted drunk driver who then drove out and killed two young women.

Maryland does not currently have dram shop laws that allow for civil liability. As we have argued on the Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog, the Maryland legislature needs to join the 21st century and acknowledge that we can do more to stop drunk drivers. Holding servers of alcohol responsible where they know or should know that someone will potentially put the public at risk by serving someone clearly intoxicated is a step towards stopping drunk drivers.