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Contractor May Receive Indemnity Despite Alleged Active Negligence or Willful Misconduct

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Oltmans Construction Co. v. Bayside Interiors, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, 10 Cal.App.5th 355 (March 30, 2017) - Civil Code § 2782.05 renders an indemnity provision in a contract void and...more

Employers Beware: Indiana Supreme Court Expands the Scope of the “Duty of Care” Owed to a Subcontractor’s Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

In light of a recent decision from the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana employers—and construction companies in particular—should review their contracts and subcontracts to determine if they have unwittingly assumed a duty of...more

Canada: Ontario Superior Court of Justice Finds Against Employee in Negative Job Reference Dispute

by Littler on

In a lawsuit involving both wrongful dismissal and defamation, Canada's Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Papp v. Stokes et al, 2017 ONSC 2357, has ruled that an employer’s negative review of an employee’s attitude during...more

Lewis v. Clarke And The Failed Expedition To Secure Tribal Rights: SCOTUS Rules Against Tribal Employee Immunity

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to employees who are sued in their individual capacities, even if the alleged wrongdoing occurs while the employee is acting...more

Employer liable for off-duty murder?

by McAfee & Taft on

Companies often assume they are not responsible for interactions between employees that happen off-site after hours and that are unrelated to their jobs. However, if a supervisor and a subordinate are involved and the...more

Tort Reform Bill to Narrow Definition of Employee in Medical Negligence Actions

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

SB 237 is a bill designed to limit the liability of hospitals and other healthcare providers for the actions or omissions of those who are not within a narrow definition of “employee.” SB 237 is designed as a legislative fix...more

What Is the Extent of an Employer’s Liability For the Acts of an Employee?

An employer can be liable for injury done by an employee to a third party under the doctrine known as vicarious liability. Vicarious liability can arise when the employee’s activity that caused the injury was done 1) on the...more

Court Excludes Evidence Developed Through Plaintiff’s Surreptitious Contact with Corporate Defendant’s Employees

by Sands Anderson PC on

On March 27, 2015, Jalal Haidar brought suit in federal court, alleging that he had been injured by a dangerous condition in a hotel. According to Haidar, he sat motionless on a hotel toilet for approximately fifteen seconds...more

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

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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

Workers Comp Continues To Be Exclusive Remedy for Workplace Injuries

Workers compensation laws are among the oldest protective labor statutes, dating back to the early 1900’s. Workers compensation embodies a simple tradeoff: employees may not bring personal injury lawsuits against their...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

Top 10 Proposed Changes to Iowa's Workers' Compensation Law

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The Iowa Legislature is currently reviewing proposed legislation pertaining to Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation laws. The proposed legislation has been introduced as House File 518, with companion Senate File 435. ...more

Court Rejects Overly Broad Request For Forensic Imaging Of Plaintiff’s Personal Computers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An Illinois appellate court has vacated a trial court’s order compelling the forensic imaging of several personal computers used by plaintiff, applying a balancing test that takes into account both the proportionality rule...more

Blurred Lines: Texas Supreme Court Applies Hazy Distinction Between Workplace Harassment And Assault

by Fisher Phillips on

The Texas Supreme Court recently blurred the distinctions between harassment and assault claims as they apply to employer liability under the state’s antidiscrimination statute. In considering whether a plaintiff is required...more

One of Our Employees Died at Work – Am I Going to Jail?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Most know that lawsuits against an employer based on an employee’s workplace injury are barred by the applicable State’s Worker’s Compensation Act. However, did you know that in some circumstances, an employer may be...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Former Employee’s Defamation Suit Based on Matters of Public Concern Under the TCPA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court throws out a former employee’s defamation suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, finding that communications about his alleged failure to measure a petroleum storage tank...more

Texas High Court Allows Employee to Pursue Assault Claim Against Employer for Tortious Acts of “Vice Principal”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision that is sure to increase the costs and complexity of litigation, the Texas Supreme Court recently held that a former employee’s common law assault claim was not preempted by the state’s...more

Work in "Ultrahazardous" Activity Does Not Provide North Carolina Employees with Exception to Workers' Compensation Exclusivity

Workers’ Compensation exclusivity means that for the overwhelming majority of workplace injuries, employees are limited to compensation through the Comp system. Under the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Woodson decision,...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

Can a dismissed employee be defamed in CCMA arbitration proceedings

by Hogan Lovells on

Does an employee who alleges that he was defamed by statements made during his disciplinary/CCMA process have a legal claim for defamation? Towards the latter part of 2016, the Eastern Cape High Court in Clover SA (Pty)...more

Damages in bullying claims – the stakes are rising even higher

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Victorian Supreme Court recently issued a stunning decision awarding an employee over $600,000 comprising $210,000 for pain and suffering and the balance for lost past and future income, despite the employee having a...more

Employment Matters – UK - February 2017

New Cases Highlighting When "Gig Economy" Workers Are Entitled to Employment Rights - The "gig economy" is characterised by work performed on a short-term/temporary basis, in contrast to more traditional long-term roles....more

Appeal Court Revives Class Action against the WSIB

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The Ontario Court of Appeal has revived a proposed class action brought by the appellant, Pietro Castrillo, on behalf of a class of injured workers whom he alleges have been wrongfully denied the full extent of benefits to...more

California Expands Factors in the Vicarious Liability Control Test

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Although a company is generally not liable for the negligence of its independent contractors, companies required by the government to exert control over independent contractors may be held vicariously liable for the...more

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