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Md. high court considers liability for hosts of underage drinking parties

Attorneys for victims of drunken driving told Maryland’s top court last week that a parent or other adult who hosts an underage drinking party owes a legal duty to the young attendees such that he or she can be held liable for an intoxicated attendee’s death or injuries sustained by someone struck by an inebriated teenager driving from the event.

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MANAL KIRIAKOS v. BRANDON PHILLIPS

Appellant was badly injured after being struck by a car driven by an intoxicated eighteen-year-old. Appellee allegedly provided alcohol to the underaged driver. The circuit court granted summary judgment for appellee on the grounds that Maryland does not hold social hosts liable for the injuries caused by their intoxicated guests

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