Defending Restaurants and Concert Venues Since 1990
Since 1990, Capehart Scatchard has defended owners and operators of restaurants, concert venues and outdoor arenas in personal injury lawsuits. Capehart’s Dram Shop and Security Practice Group includes seasoned litigation defense attorneys who focus on protecting restaurant and bar owners/operators and the contract security guard companies often retained to provide site security. We accomplish this by being the best at what we do and by staying abreast of the latest developments in this practice area, including changes in the law related to contractual defenses such as indemnity, limitations of liability and insurance obligations in the jurisdictions we routinely appear. We also offer consultative and advisory services to businesses and insurers alike in the areas of risk management, regulatory compliance, and best practices.
Our Dram Shop and Security Group’s defense attorneys have extensive experience representing owners and operators and their insurers in the following areas:
- Restaurant and Nightclub Owners Liquor Liability
- Outdoor Concert Promoters and Organizers
- Outdoor Venue Owners and Social Hosts
- Security Guard Companies
- Sporting Event Promoter’s Security Liability
- Carnival Concession Operators
- Retail Liquor Store Operators
Here is a sampling of our results in actual cases defended by our Dram Shop and Security Practice:
- Summary Judgment granted in dram shop suit filed in Middlesex County, N.J. on behalf of insured restaurant on insufficiency of plaintiff’s toxicology expert report.
- Early settlement of three (3) separate lawsuits filed by shooting victims injured during a single melee at an after-hours club in Brooklyn, N.Y. for total of $50K on eroding policy.
- Summary Judgment granted on behalf of insured’s security company in lawsuit filed by victim of a shooting at ethnic day festival. Assault of plaintiff was deemed by Court to be outside scope of insured’s duty as defined by City’s contract with insured.
- Favorable settlements achieved on shore bar in two (2) separate lawsuits filed by pedestrians struck by insured’s bartender’s car on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Motion for summary judgment granted on behalf of New Jersey casino and nightclub in case filed by patron alleging serious injuries arising out of alleged assault by two (2) police officers working in club at time.
- Nuisance value settlement Philadelphia CCP death case involving patron who was refused service by after-hours club and later found dead.
- Nuisance value settlements achieved in Essex County, N.J. in double assault case. Plaintiffs alleged they were assaulted by club bouncers and police officers. Severe injuries included a broken jaw, pepper spray allergic reactions, and concussion.