Are you liable for serving alcohol at holiday parties in Pennsylvania? Does your insurance policy cover you?


This article was contributed by Michael R. Kelley, Esq., Chairperson of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC's Insurance Recovery & Counseling Group.

Let's say that you are having a Holiday party (with alcohol served) at your home, or you are a business owner and you are having a voluntary "company" party for your employees. If someone becomes "visibly intoxicated" at your party, are you as the host of the party liable if the visibly intoxicated guest leaves your party and injures himself or someone else? Does your homeowners or commercial liability policy cover you for defense costs and for a settlement or judgment if you get sued? What about workers' compensation coverage for your employees?

The answers are complicated, I'm afraid.

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