California high court rules cover charge at parties creates liability

SAN FRANCISCO — Party hosts who ask guests to pay a cover charge to defray costs may be held legally responsible if an underage drinker becomes intoxicated and hurts himself or others, the California Supreme Court decided Monday.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

If you decide to throw a party at your house and you charge a fee to get in, you become a seller of alcohol.  What is the legal significance of this?  You could be found liable for personal injury or wrongful death if underage drinkers are being served and are obviously intoxicated.   Find out more here:

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