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It is That Time of Year Again…Social Host Liability Season

If we haven’t personally experienced it, we’ve seen it: An adult giving an underage relative or friend a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine.  The reasons for doing so often range from, “Well, they are almost 21” to “they should learn now how to handle their alcohol.”  Whatever the reason may be, in Marcum v. Bowden, 372 S.C. 452, 643 S.E.2d 85 (2007), the Supreme Court of South Carolina clearly set forth the law: Adult social hosts who knowingly and intentionally serve, or cause to be served, an alcoholic beverage to a person they know or should know is between the ages of 18 and 20 are liable to the person served, and to any other person, for damages proximately caused by the host’s service of alcohol.

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