Host Liability

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Host Liability

The legal liability of a person or company that serves alcohol to a guest for any negative consequences of the consumption of alcohol. For example, in some jurisdictions, if a restaurant serves too many drinks to a patron and that patron kills a motorist in a car accident on the drive home, the restaurant may be held legally responsible. In some other jurisdictions, host liability only applies to persons or companies serving alcohol to underage persons.
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Depending on the location, social host liability laws, or the criminal and civil responsibility of a person who furnishes liquor to guests, are applicable to events such as in-home Super Bowl parties, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Social host liability is an area of tort law controlling the duties owed by a social host to both his or her guests and the general public.
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In some states social host liability is limited to people hosting parties at which minors are served alcohol.
Many states have also enacted statutes that can be interpreted as mandating non-commercial social host liability. So, if a guest or third party is injured in an accident that is related to alcohol consumption and the drinking can be linked to you, you could be held responsible for the payment of medical bills, vehicle repair costs, lost time from work and--in the worst case--claims for wrongful death resulting in huge monetary settlements.
Social host liability law is an area of tort law governing the duties owed by social hosts to both their guests and the general public.
Social host liability laws (also known as teen party ordinances, loud or unruly gathering ordinances, or response costs ordinances) target the location in which underage drinking takes place.
The mother is now suing a homeowner, where her daughter was drinking, under the social host liability regulations.
In a report issued by the National Academies Institute of Medicine, states and localities are urged to enact a comprehensive set of strategies to reduce underage alcohol consumption, including strengthening social host liability laws.
He concludes "The policy in this case is whether the courts should expand the tort law to include social host liability, or whether this is best left to the government.
[54] The court, instead, relied on a theory of duty in refusing to impose social host liability:
In some states, social host liability is limited to people hosting parties at which minors are served alcohol.
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