Prisoners Sue Beer Companies – “The Beer Made Me Do It”

Beer-mugBy Jim Maisano

As I was searching legal blogs, I found a bizarre case that was recently filed in federal court in Idaho. As an attorney for 20 years, I have seen too many frivolous cases and hope to have seen them all, but here is the latest:

Yes, and I’m not kidding, prisoners are suing beer and liquor companies alleging that “the beer made me do it.” Let’s give them a cheer for creativity.

From the post on

“The lawsuit seeks $1 billion from Miller Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Coors and other major beer and wine makers for not adding warning labels on their bottles to tell people that alcohol is habit forming and addictive.

But here’s the kicker: the lawsuit was brought by five inmates in Idaho who claim that not only was the booze to blame for their alcoholism, but also for their criminal activity.”

I expect this action will meet its end after a motion to dismiss, but you can never be sure, maybe it gets all the way to trial. I imagine Letterman and Leno may have some jokes about this case. Although, I must note that the inmates don’t have an attorney yet and drafted the complaint on their own.

More on this case can be found here:–abc-news-topstories.html

James Maisano, Esq.
(914) 636-1621

2 responses

  1. Hi Jim!
    Thanks for the interesting info–looks like some people have TOO much time on their hands…who could even imagine this/think this up….”beer made me do it”—and “McD’s got me fat”….
    Hey to Jean & family, hope all is well!
    C & D

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