Our firm settled a case recently filed under Alabama’s Civil Damages Act. It involved the death of a 19-year-old man who was killed in a motor vehicle accident. The case involved the sale of alcohol to a minor in December 2008. In the early morning hours of December 31st the young man lost control of his vehicle and crashed, which caused his death. During the investigation of the case, our lawyers discovered that the store selling the alcohol had captured the sale on December 30th on its surveillance camera.
The video clearly showed that the clerk failed to ask for the proper identification from the young man. Further, the parents of the young man had on two prior occasions gone to the store where the purchase was made and informed the clerk on duty on each occasion that their son was under the age of 21. They asked the store to not sell him alcohol.
We were able to develop a pattern and practice of this store selling alcohol to minors on a regular basis. The case was settled on behalf of the parents for a confidential amount. Mike Crow from our firm and Shane Seaborn, who is with the firm of Penn and Seaborn, represented the family. They did a very good job for their clients.
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