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Still No “Dram Shop” Liability in Maryland

June 9, 2014 By Abby V. Uzupis

In the wake of the Maryland Court of Appeals’ refusal to impose “dram shop” liability on establishments that serve alcohol, several Maryland state senators sponsored Senate Bill 206 that would permit establishments to be held liable for selling alcohol to persons under the influence who then injure others while driving drunk.   While the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held a hearing to consider the Bill, the Bill did not receive further consideration by the Legislature.  The Bill received an unfavorable report and therefore was not forwarded on for a second reading or a floor vote. Thus, for the foreseeable future, establishments licensed to sell alcohol cannot be held liable for injuries committed by their customers who later drive while intoxicated.