Tuesday, February 06, 2007

S.C. Supreme Court recognizes new tort

In Marcum v. Bowden, the state Supreme Court held that an adult social host who knowingly and intentionally serves, or causes to be served, an alcoholic beverage to a person he knows or reasonably should know is between the ages of 18 and 20 is liable to the person served and to any other person for damages proximately resulting from the host's service of alcohol.

Formerly the social host incurred no liability to either first or third parties injured by an intoxicated adult guest.

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