Boyd Gaming challenging $75 million 'dram shop' decision

Sep 24, 2012 6:44 PM

Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD) is challenging the decision awarding $75 million in damages in a case involving the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi, Miss., it acquired earlier this year.

The case against the casino resulted from the death of a patron who died after being served drinks even though he appeared to be intoxicated.

Mississippi has a “dram shop” law that holds properties liable if they serve alcohol to someone who is drunk and that person later injures or kills someone else.

Boyd’s lawyers claim, however, that “Mississippi law is abundantly clear that one injured as a result of his own voluntary intoxication has no viable claim against a casino which served him alcohol.”

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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