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ALM’s Texas Lawyer Publishes New Book Regarding Texas Liquor Liability Statutes, Case Law and Litigation

ALM’s Texas Lawyer Publishes New Book Regarding Texas Liquor Liability Statutes, Case Law and Litigation

DALLAS – September 19, 2014 – ALM’s Texas Lawyer, the only publication dedicated solely to covering the Texas legal market, today announced the publication of Texas Liquor Liability, a new guide for litigators written by Spencer Markle.

In this new guide, Markle explains the process from initial investigation through a jury trial. The book summarizes pertinent statutes and case law, offers evaluation, prosecution and defense strategies, and explores potential benefits and pitfalls of expert testimony.

Print copies of the book include sample forms on CD. It’s also available in digital formats, with hyperlinks to the full text of cases, statutes and other authoritative content. The eBooks are compatible with a variety of devices and readers, including Apple iPad or iPhone, SONY Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK and Adobe Digital Editions for PC and Mac.

Chapters include:
* Traditional Common Law Immunity and the Origins of Texas Dram Shop Liability
* Traditional Common Law Social Host Immunity
* Statutory Social Host Liability
* The Safe Harbor Affirmative Defense
* Duenez and the Comparative Responsibility Act: Application to Dram Shop Cases
* Case From the Plaintiff’s Perspective
* The Filing of a Contemporaneous Complaint with the TABC
* Toxicology and Expert Testimony
* Jury Selection
* Trying the Dram Shop Case to a Jury

Spencer Markle is a veteran trial lawyer with more than 30 years of litigation experience, including more than 100 jury trials, and has handled more than 100 dram shop cases from both sides of the docket. Markle litigated the seminal case, FFP Operating Partners v. Duenez, as well as the reported cases of Cianci v. M. Till, Inc., Davis v. RPoint5 Ventures and Wilson v. KWG. His unique perspective is shaped from having tried and obtained more than a dozen “zero verdicts” representing dram shop defendants and three verdicts of more than $1 million each while representing plaintiffs in dram shop wrongful death actions.

For more information about the book or to order a copy, please go to

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