A jury on Friday awarded the man, Richard Washart, $650,000 for pain and suffering and $100,000 for emotional distress, said his attorney, Paul D’Amato.
“There is a problem in America today when you can do nothing wrong but still be found liable for the action of another,” said Steve Scheinthal, general counsel for Landry’s, which also owns the Golden Nugget casino across the street from the restaurant.
Washart, a former Ocean City police lieutenant, said he took a gulp of the Beer he had been served and immediately felt burning pain.
D’Amato faulted Kramer Beverage, noting it doesn’t follow industry recommendations to use pH testing strips that cost 15 cents apiece to check beer after lines have been cleaned.
The jury ruled that the restaurant and a company it hired to clean its beer tap lines should each pay half the award.
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