February 22, 2014

Social host liability opinion filing Monday

On Monday, the Supreme Court will file its opinion in Ennabe v. ManosaArgued in December, the case raises these issues:  (1) Is a person who hosts a party at a residence, and who furnishes alcoholic beverages and charges an admission fee to uninvited guests, a “social host” within the meaning of Civil Code section 1714, subdivision (c), and hence immune from civil liability for furnishing alcoholic beverages?  (2) Under the circumstances here, does such a person fall within an exception stated by Business and Professions Code section 25602.1 to the ordinary immunity from civil liability for furnishing alcoholic beverages provided by Business and Professions Code section 25602, subdivision (b)?

The Supreme Court solicited an amicus curiae brief from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control 16 months after the case was fully briefed.  Review was granted almost three years ago.

The Ennabe opinion can be viewed online Monday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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