07 December, 2023

QPWB and Hospitality Group Win Trendsetting Dram Shop Decision In Arizona Supreme Court Appeal


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Phoenix, AZ -- Quintarios, Prieto, Wood & Boyer P.A. proudly announces a groundbreaking appeal victory in a high-profile dram shop case appeal, involving both common law and statutory dram shop claims. Dominique Barrett, who tried the original case, played a pivotal role in the Arizona Supreme Court's decision to overturn the initial ruling. The case centered on a tragic rear-end collision that claimed two lives, with the victims' parents as plaintiffs. Barrett's precision in navigating legal intricacies and her strategic efforts during the initial trial proved instrumental in this trendsetting legal success.

Barrett's Initial Diligence for Client Led the Legal Battle

  1. Barrett led the legal team through claims of Common Law Negligence, Statutory Dram Shop Negligence, and Punitive Damages.
  2. The initial trial resulted in a split decision, favoring the Plaintiffs under common law and QPWB's client under statutory dram shop law.
  3. Outside counsel Eric Fraser and an associate attorney for QPWB contributed significantly to the successful appeal decision.

Overturning the Court's initial Decision

  1. Strategic decisions made in the initial trial and the continued approach by the legal team using expert and witness testimony pushed the decision forward.
  2. In the appeal, meticulous gathering of evidence analysis dismantled punitive damages claims.

Barrett and QPWB Establish Difference-Making in Legal Representation for Restaurant and Hospitality Groups

  1. Through the initial trial and appeal QPWB Law sets a benchmark for diligence in legal representation for the client.
  2. Dominique Barrett's leadership and push for true justice exemplified a pursuit of legal excellence that will make all the difference for current and future clients when it comes to Dram Shop Law.

Setting Precedent for Future Dram Shop Cases

  1. This appeal victory established a precedent for future dram shop law cases considering that claims will now require a higher burden of statutory standards.
  2. Additionally, future cases will be limited to tavern owners and restaurants for dram shop claims as established by this Arizona Supreme Court decision.

Dominique Barrett is a partner in the firm's Arizona office with extensive first-chair jury trial experience focusing on litigation, trials, and arbitrations. She is licensed to practice law in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico and her practice areas include wrongful death, automotive liability, premises liability, medical malpractice defense, long-term care, products liability, pharmaceuticals, and professional liability.

About QPWB

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., is the largest minority and women-owned law firm in the nation with jurisdiction in 45 states and territories in the U.S. allowing us to serve a broad spectrum of industries with over 100 areas of practice. Our lawyers provide representation for businesses and their leaders in litigation, regulatory, and corporate matters.

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