Social Host Liability – Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

Posted: August 14, 2010 in family law
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In case you haven’t heard of AB 2486, it is a bill introduced by Assembly Member Feuer, which will make changes to Section 1714 of the Civil Code in California.

Under existing California law, a social host who furnishes alcoholic beverages to any person may not be held legally accountable for damages suffered by that person, or for injury to the person or property of, or death of, any 3rd person, resulting from the consumption of those beverages.

This bill would provide that the above provisions do not preclude a claim against a parent, guardian, or another adult who knowingly furnishes alcoholic beverages at his or her residence to a person under 21 years of age and that furnishing the alcoholic beverages may be found to be the proximate cause of resulting injuries or death, as provided .

Since the 1970s, state law has prevented parents and other adults who furnish alcohol to minors from being sued in civil court for negligence.  The change to the bill will allow suits to now be filed against parents and other adults.  This bill also got a big push from the parents of a 17-year old Redding girl, Shelby Allen, who died of alcohol poisoning at a friend’s house.

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