In a case headed up by our firm, a Bessemer, Alabama, jury returned verdicts totaling over $15 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The case arose out of the illegal sale of alcohol to minors by a Bessemer area convenience store. Under-age teens bought multiple bottles of “Mad Dog 20/20” from the store one night. The driver of their vehicle became extremely intoxicated and drove into a tree at a high rate of speed, killing one passenger and seriously injuring two others. The cases were tried together. Our firm represented the mother of the deceased teen, and the jury returned a verdict of $7 million for her son’s wrongful death. “Testimony was that this particular convenience store was a place where teens could easily purchase alcohol without fear of being carded,” according to lead attorney Pat Lavette. “The store knew the law, but chose to ignore it. The jury’s verdict was a clear condemnation of those actions.”
Read full story on AL.com at http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/02/bessemer_jury_convenience_stor.html.