California High Court Assigns Liability In Liquor Cases

February 26, 2014

California’s high court has ruled that hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else.

The state Supreme Court said in the unanimous ruling Monday that a cover charge amounts to a sale of alcohol, and state law creates liability for those who sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated minors.

The case stems from a 2007 party organized by then-20-year-old Jessica Manosa at a rental home owned by her parents. Nineteen-year-old Andrew Ennabe died after being hit outside the home by a car driven by another man who had been asked to leave the gathering.

Host Liability Drunk LiquorEnnabe’s family sought to hold Manosa liable for his death, through her parents and their homeowners insurance.

Manosa’s attorney declined to comment.

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