The Minnesota Supreme Court Interprets Minnesota’s Statutory Dram Shop Notice Requirement

In Buskey v. Am. Legion Post # 270, ___ N.W.2d ___ (Minn. April 4, 2018), a divided Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the trial court's and court of appeals' interpretation of the Minnesota Civil Damages Act “dram shop” statutory notice requirement and held:

(1) the statutory notice requirement only requires the liquor licensee to possesses knowledge of “sufficient facts” to put it on actual notice of a potential dram shop claim; and

(2) the notice requirement is satisfied if a dram shop claimant provides notice to a liquor licensee's agent or if the licensee's agent possesses the aforementioned actual notice of a potential claim.

Read the full summary here.

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