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CAL No. 14 v Motor Accidents Insurance Bureau [2009, Australia]

Facts

  • At Scott’s request, a hotel kept his keys so that he could not drive home
  • When drunk, Scott demanded his keys back, a request which the hotel eventually gave in to
  • Scott killed himself on the way home

Issue

  • Was the bar liable at all

Decision

  • No liability

Reasoning

  • No common law duty of care to prevent sale of drinks, nor to ask a patron’s spouse to pick the patron up
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