A jury in Rutherford County, Tennessee, has awarded more than $10 million in damages to a man who was assaulted at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ruby Tuesday Inc. was ordered to pay damages to Dan Maddy, who said the restaurant served too much liquor to the man who attacked him in 2005. George Nolan, the lawyer who represented Maddy, observed:
We think the jury did a tremendous service for the community by sending a clear message to businesses that sell alcohol that this type of reckless over-serving will not be tolerated.
A Ruby Tuesday bartender served the patron the equivalent of 19 beers over a 2½-hour period. The patron later attacked Maddy causing severe injuries. Interestingly, Ruby Tuesday never reprimanded, suspended or otherwise disciplined the bartender. This case was tried under Tennessee law.
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