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Alabama Supreme Court Nixes Tribal Immunity for Casino in Dram-Shop Case

 Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 Insurance Journal

An Alabama casino lost any tribal immunity from dram-shop lawsuits when it agreed as part of the state licensing process that it would be financially responsible for damages in serving alcohol to an apparently intoxicated person. The Alabama Supreme Court in a May 23 ruling denied the immunity claim of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in a case involving a 2011 accident. Victims in the accident sued PBCI claiming its Creek Casino Montgomery had furnished the driver with alcoholic beverages knowing that he was visibly intoxicated.