Drunken driver has right to sue New Jersey bar

    A Toms River restaurant is now open to a lawsuit from a man convicted in a 2006 drunken driving crash.

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled Frederick Voss has the right to sue the bar he says negligently served him.

    Voss’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his motorcycle, the Associated Press reports, and the court’s 5-2 ruling says he can take legal action against the tavern. The state law the tavern was using as its defense only pertains to insurance claims, but does not protect those who serve drinks from being sued.

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