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Supreme Court Rules Party Hosts Responsible for Underage Guests

State Supreme Court rules that party hosts can be held liable for the actions of their guests.

The California Supreme Court has ruled that party hosts can be held responsible for the actions of their underage guests if they charge for admission to the party.

The ruling invovles a lawsuit filed in 2007 involving Andrew Ennabe, who was killed by a drunk driver while he was leaving a party. Ennabe's parents sued Jessica Manosa, the host of the party, who charged a cover fee for entry.

Some USC students had mixed feelings about the ruling.

Sophmore Adrian Johnson said, "I don't think one person, just because they host a party, should be reliable to other people's actions."

Freshman Adam Daniels said, "I feel it's logical. If someone is underage drinking the individual who is hosting the party or the event should be reliable for said underage drinking."

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