Jury to weigh Iowa tavern’s liability in fight

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Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a jury should decide whether a west-central Iowa bar is responsible for an injury a patron received during a fight in the establishment’s parking lot.

The case had been dismissed in December 2010 by a district court judge, but the Iowa Court of Appeals concluded it should go to trial. The State Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, agreed Friday the case should be heard by a jury, saying bar owners have a duty of reasonable care to protect patrons even from actions of a third party.

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