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Appeals court in Indiana upholds $39 Million Judgement

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The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the $39 million judgment against Outback Steakhouse Inc. in an Indiana couple’s lawsuit alleging they were severely injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver who got drunk at a restaurant’s grand opening. In June 2003, a circuit court jury found in favor of David and Lisa Markley, whose motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver on July 21, 1997. The couple alleged the motorist became intoxicated at an Outback Steakhouse in Muncie, Indiana. Witnesses testified that alcoholic beverages were served free of charge or for as little as a dime at the eatery’s grand opening party.