Articles Posted in Premises Liability/Negligent Security

(Nightclub & Bar)

(Nightclub & Bar)

The last hour, through closing, of a nightclub or bar can be the most dangerous for patrons and challenging for staff, in terms of safely managing crowd flow and behavior.

Nightclub & Bar warns, “it can be problematic if not monitored and proactively managed.” Some closing time security issues and management tips are listed below.

Historical Incidents at Closing Time

A high percentage of incidents occur in the hour before, during and immediately after a venue closes and the longer the venue stays open the higher the risk for incidents. Bar and nightclub owners and managers need to make sure that their staff doesn’t become complacent and that they are constantly on alert; looking for areas of suspicious activity. Staff reductions or under staffing can also leads to more incidents and the improper handling of issues that may arise.

Your staff also needs to keep a close eye on patron’s right before and during last call as patron consumption rates increase and social behavior is impacted. Failure to proactively interact with patrons during closing time and making them aware of the security staffs presence can also lead to inappropriate behavior.

Revenues vs. Risk Exposure

Evaluating the real revenue picture during the last hour of operation and understanding that in most operations, those that have increased revenues near closing time have more police involved incidents. The risks associated with the increase in sales/revenue in the final hours of operation include the risk of fights and altercations, customer complaints and service incidents, and violating local liquor laws and alcohol management.

Best Practices

In order to keep you patrons safe and reduce incidents during closing time you need to:

  • Evaluate and have a closing plan
  • Use the POS System for closing time analysis
  • Evaluate last hour cover charge policy
  • Proactive management interaction with patrons during last hour
  • Work to mitigate staff complacency
  • Practice heightened alcohol awareness during last hour
  • Manage the social behavior because they are impaired

Read the full article here.

Nightclub Responsibility and Patron Rights

By law, bar and nightclub owners are required to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the property owner or management company fail to provide adequate safety and security measures, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

We Fight for Victims of Nightclub Negligence in Georgia …Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

Headline Frame Fox News FireThe Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for one of our Clients in Fulton County State Court.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:

ABA Center for Professional ResponsibilityA LAWYER “SHALL NOT” CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT THROUGH A “LIVE TELEPHONE” OR AN “IN-PERSON” VISIT.

– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.
SAC EM Update

Contingency Fees Disclaimer: “Contingent attorneys’ fees refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.

BouncerSunglassesWhile “Under-21 Clubs,” “Teen Nights,” and “No-I.D. Parties” can provide a safe space for teens to socialize, all too often they instead place young children in dangerous situations, exposing them to drugs, sex and violence.

Two 14-year-old boys were shot during a “No-ID Party” outside an Atlanta nightclub in September 2015.

Considering such horrific headlines, Connect with Kids, an educational media company, asks Georgia teens, parents and nightclub managers, Are Teen Clubs Safe?

It’s teen night at an adult dance club, and 16-year-old Alicia is having a great time. “They don’t really have a lot of clubs for kids anywhere,” she says. “Gives you something to do, meet people, go out of with your friends, hang out, get away from your parents. It’s just fun.” 

But what’s “just fun” for Alicia worries her mom. “I worry about the drug scene, I worry about the older kids being entwined with the younger kids. I’m making sure that it’s okay that my younger daughter is here,” says Diane Cook Loranger. 

Teen dance clubs are popping up across the country, but they are nothing like the teen clubs of a generation ago. Are they safe? Some are, but the only way to be sure is for parents to check it out for themselves. 

Police recently closed one club for holding wet T-shirt contests for girls as young as age 14. 

“There are a lot of clubs I wouldn’t go to. A lot of clubs there’s a lot of fighting, drugs, there’s a lot of stuff that teenagers shouldn’t be around that they let go on,” Alicia says. 

Teen clubs are a business; parents should understand what they are selling. Before dropping your kids off, experts say, ask questions. 

  • What type of music is being played?
  • What type of people are actually going to the clubs?
  • Are there weapons being taken into the clubs?
  • Are there drugs being taken into the clubs?

And a lot of that you can’t tell right at the front door,” says Bob Johnson, manager of “Cowboys,” the club Alicia likes. 

And one last question: If a teen club is popular, why is it? What’s going on inside there that attracts kids? “You pretty much have to judge character,” Johnson says. 

The only way to do that, is to open the door and walk inside….Other important factors Johnson says parents should check out:

  • Area of town where club is located
  • The club’s hours
  • Admission
  • Police Presence?
  • Club rules and regulations

Nightclub Responsibility and Patron Rights

By law, nightclub owners are required to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. This responsibility is paramount when overseeing the care of minor children. Should the property owner or management company fail to provide adequate safety and security measures, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

We Fight for Victims of Nightclub Negligence in Georgia …Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

Headline Frame Fox News FireThe Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for one of our Clients in Fulton County State Court.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:

ABA Center for Professional ResponsibilityA LAWYER “SHALL NOT” CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT THROUGH A “LIVE TELEPHONE” OR AN “IN-PERSON” VISIT.

– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.
SAC EM Update

Contingency Fees Disclaimer: “Contingent attorneys’ fees refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.

(WTVM News)

(WTVM News)

Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Fatal Parking Lot Brawl

Local News

A young father of two reportedly passed away within hours of a fight in a parking lot outside a Columbus bar early Saturday morning, January 30, 2016.

According to WTVM News, “mayhem” broke out in a shopping center parking lot on North Veterans Parkway, leaving several “knocked to the ground” amid what WTVM reports was a “big brawl.”  This victim’s family is now “searching for answers” as to why this fatal fight began and how this father of two young children tragically lost his life.

Our Legal Take

Shopping center patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to patrons of the shopping complex, and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?
  • Were any efforts made by nightclub or parking lot security to deescalate the situation and safely and separately remove those involved from the premises? Were police called by nightclub or parking lot security to assist in escorting those involved from the scene?

Generally, business owners and operators are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the owner or operator of the shopping center failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of the young victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.

Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.  Based upon its prior experience in handling security negligence claims in Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.

We Fight for Victims of Security Negligence in Georgia…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

Headline Frame Fox News DeskThe Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for one of our Georgia Clients in Fulton County State Court.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:

ABA Center for Professional ResponsibilityA LAWYER “SHALL NOT” CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT THROUGH A “LIVE TELEPHONE” OR AN “IN-PERSON” VISIT.

– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.

SAC EM Update

Contingency Fees Disclaimer: “Contingent attorneys’ fees refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.