Maryland's Highest Court sent a clear message to all the "cool
parents" out there. Maryland Court of Appeal addressed to what extent
adults who allow underage persons to drink alcohol on their property are
liable for injuries to an innocent person arising from youth intoxication in
Kiriakos v. Phillips and
Nancy Dankos, et al. v. Linda Stapf. Both cases involved teenagers drinking alcohol during a party at an adult's
house. The teenagers left the house intoxicated and tragically car crashes
occurred causing injuries and the loss of life.
Warning to all parents who allow underage drinking at their house: you
may be held personally liable.