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Fast Eddie’s v. Hall

Court of Appeals of Indiana
688 N.E.2d 1270 (1997)


Facts

Teresa Hall met Michael Lamb and John Schooley at Fast Eddie’s (defendant), a bar with a reputation for fighting and other roughness. A bartender on staff knew that Lamb was carrying a gun that evening. A waitress at Fast Eddie’s also knew that Lamb’s sex drive increased when he drank. Lamb and Schooley had already been drinking when Hall arrived. Later in the evening, while Lamb was hitting on Hall, the bar manager saw that Hall was extremely intoxicated. The manager asked Lamb to remove Hall from the bar. Schooley drove Hall to his home, where he left Hall passed out in the passenger’s seat of his car. Lamb remained at Fast Eddie’s awhile. Later, he bought a six-pack of beer and returned to his home. When he saw that his wife was not there, he drove to Schooley’s home. Finding Hall passed out in Schooley’s car, Lamb moved her to his own car, drove her to another location, then shot her dead. When her body was found, it appeared that she had been sexually assaulted. Lamb eventually pleaded guilty to Hall’s murder. Judy Hall, as executor of Teresa Hall’s estate (plaintiff), filed a lawsuit in an Indiana state court against Fast Eddie’s, alleging that its negligence had caused Hall’s death. The trial court denied motions for summary judgment brought by Fast Eddie’s but certified those decisions for interlocutory review by the appellate court.

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