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An Owner May Lend a Vehicle with a Valid Prohibition Against Lending It to a Third Party

by Field Law on

If you loan your vehicle to someone, can you impose a condition that they not lend it on to an unknown third party? In the decade since Mugford v. Weber, the law has been that owners cannot put conditions on their consent to...more

Court Finds Taxi Cab Company Vicariously Liable for Taxi Driver’s Negligence

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Emanuele Secci v. United Independent Taxi Drivers, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District 8 Cal.App.5th 846 (February 15, 2017) - The California Court of Appeals reinstated a jury verdict of $335,000...more

Court Allows Retired President to Pursue Claim of Contract for Lifetime Pay and Benefits Against University

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On February 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky ordered that the former President of the University of the Cumberlands, Dr. James Taylor, may proceed on his claims that the University failed...more

South Carolina court says 'NO' to employee's claims against Boeing

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employees and their counsel have been very aggressive in attempting to couch employment claims as state-law matters and filing claims in state court instead of federal court to try to avoid the federal judiciary. For various...more

Allocating a Pro Rata Defense Share to the Insured in Continuous Injury Cases

by Selman Breitman LLP on

In a matter of first impression, the Louisiana Supreme Court recently held that the duty to defend in a long latency disease case could be prorated between the insurer and insured. (See, Arceneaux v. Amstar Corp. 2016 WL...more

Elevator Considered “Falling Object” Under New York Labor Law §240(1)

In McCrea v. Arnlie Realty Co. LLC, 2016 N.Y.App.Div LEXIS 4215 (1st Dep’t June 7, 2016), plaintiff, an elevator repairman, was present at defendant’s property to investigate a scraping noise that could be heard while the...more

The Fifth Circuit Forecasts Mississippi Law on Non-Contractual Indemnity

by Butler Snow LLP on

On May 5, 2016, the Fifth Circuit forecasted whether a non-contractual indemnity claim under Mississippi law should be premised on agency or tort theory. In David v. World Marine, L.L.C., No. 15-30464, 2016 WL 2609791, 2016...more

One Very Good Reason to Make Sure Your Contractor is Licensed

I know how the thinking goes . . . Other than providing you with some marginal assurance that the work performed by your contractor (or subcontractor, in the case of general contractors) will be up to snuff, why do you...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 22, 2016

by DLA Piper on

IN THIS ISSUE: In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 12 February 2016 - Gobus v State of Queensland (Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and...more

Montanile v. Board of Trustees: A New Model for Recovery

by Wilson Elser on

At times, money may be owed back to the benefit plan which paid benefits to or on behalf of a participant. For example, most health plans include a right to recover from a third party recovery amounts the plan paid. In the...more

Uber-Complicated: Insurance Gaps for Rideshare Vehicles Can Create Uncertainty for Passengers and Drivers

by Gilbert LLP on

Many of us have come to enjoy the convenience of summoning a ride via our Smartphones with a rideshare service company such as Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar. However, significant issues exist over whether rideshare vehicles have...more

Be Careful Who You Hire: Unlicensed Contractors are Employees of the Hirer

In Randall Blackwell v. Ray Vasilas, (D067239, Superior Court No. 37-2013-00064563-CU-PO-CTL) the Fourth Appellate District held the Privette Doctrine does not protect a hirer from liability to an independent contractor’s...more

Employee Exclusion Applies to Independent Contractor Truck Driver

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

An auto insurer had no duty to defend a trucking company against an injured driver’s claim because the insurance policy excluded claims by “employees,” notwithstanding that the driver was technically an independent...more

On The Road Again: Where Does Jurisdiction Lie for a Traveling Employee's Out of State Work Injury?

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

For companies that employ traveling employees, such as truck drivers, dealing with work injuries sustained by such employees can be challenging, because predicting which state will have jurisdiction over the employee's injury...more

Virginia Supreme Court Expands Scope of UM/UIM Coverage

by Sands Anderson PC on

In an opinion issued on September 17, 2015, Est. of Slone v. Selective Ins. Co. of America, et al., the Virginia Supreme Court effectively expanded the scope of UM/UIM coverage in Virginia. Slone was filed as a declaratory...more

September Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the first policy statement on Section 5 of the FTC Act in the agency’s 100-year history in a bipartisan, 4-1 vote. The one-page policy statement outlined the broad...more

Litigation Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Affirms Protection for Business Property Owners"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

The Supreme Court of Texas, interpreting Chapter 95 of the Texas Civil Practices & Remedies Code, affirmed that business property owners have broad protections against suits for injuries claimed by contractors, subcontractors...more

Is the employer hijacking the case, or not?

by DLA Piper on

The Labour Tribunal is a specialised court set up to provide a simple, inexpensive and informal means of resolving employment disputes in Hong Kong. The Tribunal has exclusive jurisdiction to deal with claims arising from a...more

Warning to NY litigators - What privilege attaches to pre-litigation attorney statements? NY appeals court answers: qualified

by DLA Piper on

New York law has long recognized that attorneys who make defamatory statements in connection with an existing litigation enjoy an absolute privilege against claims for libel and slander. Whether such a privilege extends to...more

Construction Case Law Update - December, 2014

by Carlton Fields on

FLORIDA STATE CASES - Employer Liability Policies & Worker’s Compensation – Although decedent-employee’s estate had standing as a judgment creditor to sue the tortfeasor-employer’s liability insurer for breach of...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Avoid Acts & Omissions That Expose Your Franchisor to Potential Liability

by Lewitt Hackman on

A West Virginia Court refused to dismiss an action brought under its state workers' compensation law. That law permits an employee to recover greater damages when deliberate intent exists. An employee of a Hardee's...more

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Sexual Assault Claim

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Sexual Assault Claim - Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (October 6, 2014) - Most commercial general liability policies provide coverage for negligent acts only. ...more

Coverage Options for Employee Asbestos Claims

by K&L Gates LLP on

Over the past year, courts in Illinois and Pennsylvania have dramatically altered the ability of an employee to bring claims against past and present employers for asbestos-related injuries. Traditionally, employees were...more

Right on Target: Employer not liable for investigating wallet theft

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Employee theft is a serious problem. Employers may suffer significant losses. When the victim is a third-party customer, the employer may lose customers, credibility, and goodwill. Either way, employers cannot look the other...more

Alien Tort Case Development: Litigation Against Exxon Mobil Corporation May Proceed

In late September, the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that two closely related cases filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation, and several of the company’s subsidiaries, could proceed. Plaintiffs in both...more

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