Attorneys’ obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a major sporting venue after a five day trial
Attorneys’ obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a major sporting venue after a five day trial. The plaintiff was severely injured after leaving an event at the venue when struck on a public road by a drunk driver who was also leaving the event. The venue permitted patrons to bring and consume their own alcohol at the event. The driver consumed alcohol that he brought to the event and his BAC was .23% at the time of the accident. The plaintiff claimed that the venue was in control of the road where the accident occurred because it was within the traffic control plan for the event and that the venue was liable under a theory of concerted tortious action under section 876 of the Restatement (Second) of Torts for allowing the driver to become intoxicated. The jury returned the verdict after 1-1/2 hours, including lunch.