In a recent California Supreme Court case (case number S189577), a court found that a person selling alcohol to a minor that leads to the injury or death of another can be found liable for the injury or death.
The decision stems from a wrongful death case where the defendant, Jessica Manosa, held a party at her parents’ home without their knowledge. Manosa, who was underage at the time of the incident, allowed friends who were invited to the party to enter for free but charged an entry fee for those who she did not know. She had a friend stand in front of the door and charged an entry fee to those who were not invited. Once the entry fee was paid, guests were allowed to enter the house and drink alcohol that Manosa provided.
One guest, Thomas Garcia, paid a $20 fee for him and his friends to enter the party. Garcia admitted to drinking before the party and witnesses testified to seeing him consume alcohol during the party. After exhibiting aggressive and rowdy behavior, he was asked to leave. Manosa’s friend, Andrew Ennabe, escorted Garcia to his car.