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In a dram-shop case, the trial courts refusal to submit the intoxicated driver's percentage of responsibility to the jury for apportionment is affirmed where the provider is responsible to the innocent third-party plaintiff's for its own liability and that of its intoxicated patron.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/30/2005
  • Decided 09/03/2004
  • Published 09/03/2004


  • Justice WAINWRIGHT delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justice HECHT, Justice BRISTER, Justice MEDINA, Justice GREEN, Justice JOHNSON and Justice WILLETT joined.


  • Supreme Court of Texas


  • For Appellant:
  • Oscar H. Villarreal, Villarreal Moreno & Ruiz, San Antonio, Gregory J. Lensing, Cowles Thompson, Dallas, Arthur C. Reyna Jr., San Antonio, Glen Garey, Austin, James E. Rensimer, Markle & Ramos, Houston, TX, Victor E. Schwartz, Emily J. Laird, Manuel Lopez, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Washington, DC, Edward J. Murphy, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P., Houston, E. Lee Parsley, E. Lee Parsley, P.C., Austin, Grant E. Adami III, Adami Goldman & Shuffield, San Antonio, TX, for Amicus Curiae., Russell H. McMains, Law Offices of Russell H. McMains, Corpus Christi, Reagan W. Simpson, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, Mike A. Hatchell, Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP, Austin, TX, for Petitioner.

  • For Appellees:
  • David Roberts, Wanda Roberts, Garner, Roberts & Roberts, L.L.P., Port Lavaca, Christa Brown, Austin, Cynthia T. Sheppard, Attorney At Law, Cuero, David C. Griffin, John W. Griffin Jr., Houston, Marek & Griffin, L.L.P., Victoria, TX, for Respondent.
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