You May Be Liable For Someone Else's Overintoxication

Law360, New York (May 24, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT) -- Recently, the parents of a young man who died of alcohol poisoning filed a wrongful death suit against Phusion Projects Inc., the company behind the Four Loko beverage. This type of lawsuit against the manufacturer of an alcohol beverage is uncommon.

The complaint, filed in King County Superior Court, made allegations under the Washington Product Liability Act, claiming that Four Loko is not reasonably safe as designed and that the product was not adequately labeled regarding the dangers of the drink. Dram shop laws facilitate lawsuits against retailers for overserving someone who causes a drunk-driving accident or for serving minors, but...

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