Social Host Liability

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Social Host Liability'

A legal term and area of law that deals with the liability of a person who supplies liquor to a guest. Under social host liability laws, the host shares any liability incurred as a result of actions by an intoxicated guest to whom he or she has served liquor. This law can have important implications for businesses that serve alcohol.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Social Host Liability'

Social host liability laws hold the host liable not only for injuries suffered by an intoxicated guest, but also for injuries or death to third parties arising from actions taken by an inebriated guest. These laws have particular relevance in the area of drinking and driving, with the host sharing the liability if an inebriated guest meets with an accident. The scope of social host liability laws varies in different jurisdictions, with some states focusing on serving of liquor to underage youth rather than to intoxicated adults.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Hold Harmless Clause

    A statement in a legal contract stating that an individual or ...
  2. Tort Law

    The area of law that covers the majority of all civil lawsuits. ...
  3. Comparative Negligence

    A principle of tort law that applies to casualty insurance in ...
  4. Secondary Liability

    A type of legal obligation where one party assumes legal responsibility ...
  5. Liability Insurance

    Any type of insurance policy that protects an individual or business ...
  6. Cumis Counsel

    Legal counsel chosen by the insured when the insurer has a conflict ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. No results found.
Related Articles
  1. Home & Auto

    Filling The Gaps In General Liability Insurance

    Standard liability coverage may not be enough. Special needs call for specialized policies.
  2. Options & Futures

    Beginner's Guide To Auto Insurance

    Find the perfect policy that suits both your coverage and budgetary needs.
  3. Home & Auto

    Protect Your Company From Employee Lawsuits

    Understanding employment practices liability insurance is easy, once you know the basics.
  4. Economics

    The Impact Of Ending The US Embargo On Cuba

    Many argue that ending the US embargo on Cuba will not only make US consumers happy, but also help the US economy and bring more freedoms to Cuba.
  5. Economics

    Popular Places Where U.S. Citizens Need A Visa

    A U.S. passport will get you into many countries, but not everywhere. Here's how to visit five of the most popular destinations that require visas.
  6. Economics

    Are You the Victim of Unfair Labor Practices?

    If you are a union member, a union leader, or a manager at a company with an established union, you should understand unfair labor practices.
  7. Investing News

    What Affirmative Action Means for Regular Business

    What Affirmative Action means for your businesses today.
  8. Economics

    How To Pass The U.S. Citizenship Test

    The U.S. citizenship test includes a civics section some states may require high school grads to master. Here's what an immigrant must know to pass it.
  9. Personal Finance

    How Minimum Wage Impacts Unemployment

    We explain how the minimum wage affects unemployment, public assistance, and the economy overall.
  10. Bonds & Fixed Income

    How Diaspora Bonds Work

    Developing and emerging nations with sizable populations living overseas are using diaspora bonds to raise financing from emigrants.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Sunk Cost

    A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business ...
  2. Technical Skills

    1. The knowledge and abilities needed to accomplish mathematical, engineering, scientific or computer-related duties, as ...
  3. Prepaid Expense

    A type of asset that arises on a balance sheet as a result of business making payments for goods and services to be received ...
  4. Gordon Growth Model

    A model for determining the intrinsic value of a stock, based on a future series of dividends that grow at a constant rate. ...
  5. Cost Accounting

    A type of accounting process that aims to capture a company's costs of production by assessing the input costs of each step ...
  6. Law Of Supply

    A microeconomic law stating that, all other factors being equal, as the price of a good or service increases, the quantity ...
Trading Center