Manitoba case puts host liability before the courts

The death of a Manitoba teen on her way home from a friend’s birthday party is bringing the issue of host liability back to the courts.

A 15-year-old girl, Tamara Aller, died on her way home from a friend’s 18th birthday party on Feb. 14, 2009. The party was held at the house of the friend’s parents, Mary-Anne and Allan Kostur, in Dauphin, Manitoba.

Allan Kostur dropped Aller off about two blocks from her home after the party. She allegedly was not wearing a coat and the temperature that evening dipped to minus-37 degrees Celsius, according to a report by CTV.ca.