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What does state law say?

State statute states that any person who can be proven to have provided alcohol beverages or a place to consumer alcoholic beverages for any person under age of 21 is civilly liable for any damages up to a period of 1 year. Does not apply if the person providing alcoholic beverages is a parent or guardian.

Can the adult be sued?

If a social host knowingly serves an alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 or provides a place for a person under 21 a place to consume alcoholic person, and the person under 21 injures or causes damage to a third person because of intoxication, then the social host is civilly liable to the third person or his or her estate.

Are there liability limits to the amount of money the adult can be sued for?

Maximum of $150,000.

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Are there local laws that I should be aware of?

It is possible. Check with your local municipality since there are some communities that enact additional local ordinances which can include fines and other penalties.