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Happy Holidays, from Human Resources

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

As Thanksgiving 2017 recedes into a memory, Hanukkah is here, Christmas just around the corner, and a strange slow week between a Monday Christmas and following Monday New Year’s Day. It is the season for office holiday...more

Social Hosts Beware: "One More for the Road?" May Be a Bad Idea

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Everyone was having such a good time, too . . . The company was hosting its annual holiday party. The company had arranged to hold the event that Saturday night in a hotel ballroom. Moods were festive, especially because...more

Fight Night at Your Company Holiday Party

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Jim Duncey, the owner of Duncey’s Caps, Inc., decides to hold an employee/significant other holiday party this year with live music and an open cash bar managed by a third-party bartending service. Each employee will get...more

Statutory Duties to consider in Underwriting (including some that deal with animals)

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Keep in mind that statutes or ordinances can be a source of a duty of care towards members of a specific class. See, e.g., Kiriakos v. Phillips, 448 Md. at 495, 139 A.3d 1006 (concluding that a social host owes a duty to...more

Can a Host Be Liable for Serving Alcohol in California?

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is always looking for recovery sources for his seriously injured clients. One area of confusion comes from questions about whether a server of alcohol can be liable...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : II. LIABILITY ISSUES A. Wardak v. Froom, 2017 ONSC 1166, per Matheson, J. [4227]

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to grant summary dismissal in a social host liquor liability case where the adult defendants supervised their son’s party, involving underage drinking...more

Workwise: The Time of Year for Holiday Cheer: A Few Things for Employers to Keep in Mind

by Field Law on

With the holidays just around the corner, many employers will be celebrating the holiday season and a hard year’s work with its staff. Although this is a time for cheer, employers should also be mindful of their obligations...more

Host Liability, 10th Edition

by Bennett Jones LLP on

This booklet is intended as a basic guide to host liability, which is the potential for personal and corporate liability for injuries sustained by employees, clients and other persons as a result of alcohol intoxication. This...more

Prom, Graduation and the Dangers of Under-Aged Drinking. Who is Liable?

by Howard Ankin on

It’s the season for proms and graduation parties, which means increased underage drinking and serious safety concerns. What many adults do not know, is that they can be found liable when a teen consumes alcohol on their...more

California Social Host Laws: Be Responsible; Beware Liability

by Lewitt Hackman on

Forget #deflategate, and what the New England Patriots may, or may not have done to balls used in the American Football Conference championship game this year. There's a bigger issue at stake for those planning on throwing...more

Torts – Parents and Minor not Liable for Minor Guest’s Alcohol Poisoning Death

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Steve Allen, et al. v. Wallace Liberman, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third District (June 18, 2014) - In this case, the Appellate Court applied social host immunity to exonerate defendant parents and their minor...more

‘Tis the Season for Social Host Liability

by Archer Norris PLC on

With Christmas just around the corner, the holiday season is well underway. For many, this means that the next few weeks will be filled with buying and wrapping gifts, baking and decorating cookies, listening to festive...more

Weekly Law Resume - June 20, 2013: Strict Interpretation: Declining To Extend Liability Under Civil Code Section 1714

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Adam Rybicki, et al. v. Ashley Carlson, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 22, 2013)- California Civil Code section 1714 immunizes from civil liability an individual who provides alcohol to...more

Cheer Or Fear

by FordHarrison on

My colleague, Doug Hall, wrote about the “Dwight Christmas” episode three weeks ago when it first aired. I agree with him that employers need to be careful with their holiday social events to minimize potential liability. ...more

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