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New laws for underage drinking

Posted on: 02/28/2014

The California Supreme court ruled last week that an underage host who charges admission to a party where alcohol is being served can be held liable if an intoxicated
underage guest injures or kills someone.

Since 1978 a state law protected bars and social hosts from being sued when a guest harms someone or causes civil damages as a result of being served alcohol.

This new law states that by a host collecting admission fees they are potentially liable for the person’s action, and qualifies as a sale of alcoholic beverages. The new law will also effect host that serve intoxicated young people at parties or facilities outside their homes regardless of whether they are visibly impaired at the time they are served.

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