An 18-year-old was illegally served multiple beers by vendors at a sporting event. The vendors did not check his identification and failed to follow the arena’s limits on the amount of alcohol that could be sold to a patron. As he drove home, the young man couldn’t navigate a turn and was killed in a one-car crash. Stephen Raynes and Martina McLaughlin worked together to successfully refute the defense that the young man was to blame for his own death and established that the responsibility rested with the vendor. A videotape settlement brochure–assembled by Marty Brigham–allowed the family to express their painful loss without the need for their formal testimony. The Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer team secured for the family a $5 million dollar pre-trial settlement from the vendors’ parent company.
A young woman suffered fatal injuries when her companion who was supposed to be the designated driver became intoxicated after being served on two separate trips to an Allentown bar.