Court of Appeals (Again) Declines to Bring Dram Shop Liability to Maryland

In a closely watched case (and one I have written about here, here, and here), the Maryland Court of Appeals last month, in a 4-3 decision, declined to recognize dram shop liability in the state of Maryland.  Dram shop liability is a theory of liability that holds a restaurant or tavern owner accountable if a patron kills or harms another person after drinking too much at the owner’s establishment.  The typical case involves an automobile accident and a drunk driver.  Maryland has been one of only a handful of states that do not recognize at least some form of dram shop liability.  And that will continue, at least for now.

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