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Soerries v. Dancause
Citation:546 S.E.2d 356
Soerries operated and was sole shareholder of Chickasaw Club, Inc. One night, Pursley left the nightclub visibly intoxicated around 3:00 a.m. Shortly thereafter, Pursley was driving her vehicle home, lost control, and was killed in a car accident. Her stepfather (Dancause) sued Pursley, seeking to recover the value of the damaged vehicle as well as punitive damages. Dancause sought to hold Soerries personally liable for Pursley’s injuries. Evidence was produced at trial, which showed Soerries regularly mixed corporate and personal funds, paid employees personally in cash, and regularly reported losses on corporate tax returns.
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