Strange Tale of the Drunken Dancer--and the Employer Who Got her Drunk

Posted by Tom Hudson | Jul 01, 2014 | 0 Comments


Here's a strange one.  The Living Room is a strip club in Harrison Township, Ohio.  They make a lot of their profits from drinks purchased by customers for their dancers.  When one of those dancers caused a drunk driving accident injuring a couple in 2010, the couple sued both the dancer and the Living Room, alleging that they were encouraging their employees to drink on the job. (Montgomery County Case No. 2010CV08476).

The owner of the club had argued that just because the club encouraged their dancers to drink, that doesn't make the club responsible when they drink and drive.  The jury wasn't buying that nonsense, and held the club accountable for the accident.  On June 24, 2014, the Ohio trial court judge upheld a jury verdict of $2.85 million against the dancer and the club.

Now here's the odd part.  (I know.  You're thinking, "We're not to the odd part yet?")  The attorney for the club has said that the club has no intention of changing the Living Room's policy of encouraging his dancers to drink on the job.  According to the owners, over 50% of the clubs profits come from the drinks bought for the dancers, and that is too good a payday to pass up.

The dancer who caused the crash got six months in jail for DUI and vehicular assault charges.

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Tom Hudson

Known nationwide as a leading DUI defense lawyer, Tom has tried over 350 jury trials, including numerous death penalty cases. He now limits his criminal practice to DUI defense. His civil practice is devoted to getting fair compensation for the victims of negligence. Tom has attained multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, and is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2008, Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Test for DUI Attorneys in Honolulu, Hawaii. NOTE: The State of Florida does not yet recognize DUI defense as a Specialty.


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