Marriott Case Could Curb Alcohol At Company Parties

Law360, New York (September 20, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT) -- A recent decision by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in California could have a devastating impact on company social events by limiting alcohol consumption while potentially creating a slippery slope for expanding employer liability under the respondeat superior doctrine.

In Purton v. Marriott International, a San Diego Marriot held its annual holiday party for its employees, with management limiting the number of drink tickets to each employee and serving only beer and wine.

One of the hotel’s bartenders arrived with a flask filled with whiskey....
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