Indiana Court Allows Bar to Sue Underage Drinkers

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that a South Bend bar could sue underage drinkers, holding them responsible for actions that put the establishment at risk of losing its liquor license, the Associated Press reported June 17.

The ruling was made in a lawsuit filed by The Boat Club bar, owned by Millennium Club Inc. Last year, the bar sued 200 students from the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College for underage drinking.

Although public places are required to enforce underage-drinking laws, the appeals court said, “We also recognize the competing public policy that the minors should be held accountable for their actions.”

The lawsuit seeks $3,000 in damages from each student.