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MANAL KIRIAKOS v. BRANDON PHILLIPS

In the early morning of January 25, 2011, Manal Kiriakos, appellant, was badly injured after being struck by a car driven by an intoxicated eighteen-year-old. The driver had been drinking at the home of Brandon Phillips, appellee.

On October 7, 2011, appellant brought suit against appellee, among others, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Appellant alleged negligence on the part of appellee, because appellee had provided alcohol to the underage driver.

On May 2, 2012, appellee filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that Maryland does not recognize dram shop or social host liability. The circuit court granted the motion on August 31, 2012. After the other defendants were dismissed, this appeal followed.

Appellant presents two issues for our review, which we have consolidated into one question: Did the circuit court properly grant appellee’s motion for summary judgment on the grounds that Maryland does not hold social hosts liable for the injuries caused by their intoxicated guests under a common law theory of negligence?

Read the unreported opinion.