Prisoners Sue Beer Companies – “The Beer Made Me Do It”

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As I was searching legal blogs, I found a bizarre case that was recently filed in federal court in Idaho. As an attorney for 20 years, I have seen too many frivolous cases and hope to have seen them all, but here is the latest:

http://blogs.lawyers.com/2013/01/prisoners-sue-beer-companies/

Yes, and I’m not kidding, prisoners are suing beer and liquor companies alleging that “the beer made me do it.” Let’s give them a cheer for creativity.

From the post on lawyers.com:

“The lawsuit seeks $1 billion from Miller Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Coors and other major beer and wine makers for not adding warning labels on their bottles to tell people that alcohol is habit forming and addictive.

But here’s the kicker: the lawsuit was brought by five inmates in Idaho who claim that not only was the booze to blame for their alcoholism, but also for their criminal activity.”

I expect this action will meet its end after a motion to dismiss, but you can never be sure, maybe it gets all the way to trial. I imagine Letterman and Leno may have some jokes about this case. Although, I must note that the inmates don’t have an attorney yet and drafted the complaint on their own.

More on this case can be found here: http://news.yahoo.com/idaho-inmates-sue-beer-wine-companies-1b-190211526–abc-news-topstories.html

Jim Maisano 75pxJames Maisano, Esq. is a practicing attorney who also serves on the Westchester Board of Legislators. Check out Jim’s website at www.JamesMaisanoEsq.com, and you can also find this post on his Legal Blog (please see disclaimer on the Legal Blog). Jim’s law office can be contacted at Jim@JamesMaisanoEsq.com or (914) 636-1621

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