The Texas Supreme Court recently dealt a blow to third-party plaintiffs who file dram shop suits against alcohol retailers by reversing a decision the court made just two years earlier.

On Sept. 3, 2004, the court originally affirmed a $35 million judgment against a liquor store in F.F.P. Operating Partners v. Xavier Duenez et al., but seven months later, after three justices who voted with the majority left the court, the justices voted to rehear the case.

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