The New Jersey Supreme Court will decide whether drunken drivers injured in accidents they cause can sue the liquor establishments that served them. State insurance law bars them from bringing personal injury claims against other drivers, but the court has never ruled on whether that statute takes precedence over the dram shop act, which makes liquor establishments liable for serving visibly intoxicated patrons. An appeals court found no intent by the state Legislature to immunize tavern owners.
N.J. High Court to Review Drunken Drivers' Right to Sue Bars That Served Them
New Jersey Law Journal
July 22, 2010