Supreme Court to Hear Challenge of State's Liquor Liability Law

JUNE 28, 2006 - Posted at 4:01 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Missouri Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the state's law on the liability of a convenience store that sells alcohol.

The case stems from the death in a car crash of a 20-year-old man who consumed a 12-pack of beer he bought at a store in suburban St. Louis.  Missouri's legal drinking age is 21.

The man's mother tried to sue the St. Peters convenience store, but a St. Louis judge dismissed the case.  The judge ruled Missouri law makes no provision for civil claims in such cases.

Yesterday, the Missouri Court of Appeals transferred the case to the state Supreme Court.

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