Neb. Proposed Bill Could Make Adults Liable for Drunk Minors

May 18, 2007

The damage wrought by drunk minors could soon be the responsibility of adults.

The Legislature gave first-round approval this week to a bill (LB 573) that would make adults who sell or give booze to underage drinkers liable for damages or injuries caused by intoxication.

People who host so-called keggers or other social functions where alcohol is served to minors could also be liable.

But if intoxication was found not to be the cause of negligent conduct, those who provided the alcohol would not be liable.

Retailers could be shielded from liability if courts determined they were fooled by fake identification that would appear valid to a reasonable person.

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