Miss. court allows `dram shop' lawsuit to proceed

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled

that a wrongful death lawsuit against Treasure Bay Casino and a

nightclub will be allowed to continue.

That court's ruling says the lawsuit can proceed because of

questions about a possible violation of Mississippi's "dram shop"


Shelia Ricard filed the lawsuit on behalf of the beneficiaries

of Phillip Robinson who was killed in 2002 by a drunken driver in

Ocean Springs.

Ricard alleged the driver, Joshua Dillmon, had been drinking at

the Treasure Bay Casino and Adventures Bar and Grill even though he

was visibly intoxicated.

Under Mississippi's "dram shop" law, business owners can be

held liable if they serve alcohol to intoxicated people who then

injure or kill others.