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. Licensed For Reinsurance Only

    A license that allows a company to engage in services related ...
Related Articles
  1. Home & Auto

    Filling The Gaps In General Liability ...

  2. Options & Futures

    Beginner's Guide To Auto Insurance

  3. Home & Auto

    Protect Your Company From Employee Lawsuits

  4. Economics

    Indian Banking Regulations -- What You ...

Hot Definitions
  1. Capitulation

    When investors give up any previous gains in stock price by selling equities in an effort to get out of the market and into ...
  2. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  3. Conduit Issuer

    An organization, usually a government agency, that issues municipal securities to raise capital for revenue-generating projects ...
  4. Financing Entity

    The party in a financing arrangement that provides money, property, or another asset to an intermediate entity or financed ...
  5. Hyperinflation

    Extremely rapid or out of control inflation. There is no precise numerical definition to hyperinflation. Hyperinflation is ...
  6. Gross Rate Of Return

    The total rate of return on an investment before the deduction of any fees or expenses. The gross rate of return is quoted ...
Trading Center