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California Imposes Broad Liability in “Take-Home” Toxic Exposure Cases

The Supreme Court of California has overturned prior case law and imposed broad new liability on “employers and premises owners” in “take-home” toxic exposure cases. In a lengthy opinion issued in the consolidated Kesner v....more

California Supreme Court Imposes Broad Liability for Employers and Premises Owners in “Take-Home” Toxic Exposure Cases

The Supreme Court of California has overturned prior case law and imposed broad new liability on “employers and premises owners” in “take-home” toxic exposure cases. In a lengthy opinion issued in the consolidated Kesner v....more

Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Suit Sent Home

Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. of the U.S. District Court of Georgia permanently shelved a derivative suit brought by shareholders of Home Depot. Home Depot is a multinational home improvement retailer. In September, 2014,...more

Shareholders’ Derivative Suit Against Home Depot Dismissed

On November 30, 2016, The Home Depot, Inc. (Home Depot) got a victory in the shareholders’ derivative suit filed against it for its alleged failure to institute necessary controls to secure its data relating to its 2014...more

California Supreme Court Establishes Duty in Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Cases

On December 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of California held that the duty of employers and premises owners to exercise ordinary care in their use of asbestos in their businesses includes a duty to take reasonable care to...more

Michael Hensley and John Lierman Obtain Summary Judgment

Jones, Skelton and Hochuli Partner, Michael Hensley, and Associate, John Lierman, recently obtained summary judgment on all claims in Maricopa County Superior Court, for two Phoenix Police officers and a client restaurant,...more

Court Of Chancery Examines Whether Derivative Demand Was Wrongfully Refused

Even after a board rejects a plaintiff-stockholder’s demand to bring a derivative litigation, the plaintiff may proceed to bring that derivative action if the plaintiff can show the demand was “wrongful.” Having conceded...more

Trial Court Slips And Falls In Granting Motion For New Trial

On October 21, 2016, Florida’s Second DCA issued a decision in a slip-and-fall case against Wal-Mart that found the trial court erred when it set aside the jury verdict and granted Plaintiff’s motion for new trial on the...more

Asbestos Alert: Employers and Land Owners Have Duty to Take-Home Exposure Plaintiffs

Kesner v. Pneumo Abex, LLC - Supreme Court of California (December 1, 2016) We first reported on this case on May 14, 2014, when the Court of Appeal ruled. The case was further appealed to the California Supreme...more

Guest Post – Tis Better to Try and Fail, Then to Have Never Tried At All: Internal Corporate Policies Do Not Create a Heightened...

What follows is a guest post by Cara DeCataldo, a Reed Smith associate, who gamely stepped up to the plate to research one of a number of blogging topics that have been hanging fire for some time now. This topic is a type of...more

Financial Institutions’ Data Breach Class Action Bounced

I’ve previously blogged about a new breed of data breach class actions filed by financial institutions against retailers (as opposed to customers suing retailers). In these cases, financial institutions claim that retailers...more

California Court of Appeal Discusses Application of Common Carrier Standard to Casino Shuttle Services

In Huang v. The Bicycle Casino, Inc., 2016 DJDAR 10389, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, held that a triable issue of material fact existed as to whether a shuttle operated for casino patrons was...more

Are You Protecting Guest Privacy, Safety and Security?

We have all heard about the jury’s award in a breach of privacy action against a well known sportscaster. So what are you doing about safeguarding a guest’s privacy and safety and security so this does not happen to you? ...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Nonoperating Working Interest Owner and Engineering Contractor Not Liable For Negligence of On-Site ‘Company...

On Aug. 5, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of a nonoperating working interest owner, Oasis, and its engineering subcontractor, RPM Consulting, holding that...more

Washington State Ruling Heightens Liability Risk for Design Professionals

Recently, the Washington Court of Appeals potentially expanded the scope of tort duties owed by design professionals. In a May decision, the court held that an engineer’s duty of care to developers and property owners...more

"Take-Home" Asbestos Case Decision Could have Ripple Effect

Companies facing "take-home" asbestos or other toxic tort exposure claims in Arizona, or in other jurisdictions applying Arizona law, now have a new case to cite in dispositive motions. With the Sept. 20 Arizona Court of...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Deals Fatal Blow to "Take-Home" Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits

In a recent published opinion, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that an employer does not owe a duty of care to the child of an employee who contracts mesothelioma from asbestos brought home on the employee’s work clothes,...more

Dispute an expert's jurisdiction appointed to provide expert determination?

In the recent decision of Zvi Construction Co LLC v. Notre Dame University (USA) in England [2016] EWHC 1924, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) had to consider whether a party had expressly or impliedly accepted the...more

The North Carolina Landowner Protection Act: Encouraging Access for Hunters, Trappers, and Other Outdoor Enthusiasts

If you are a private landowner in North Carolina, you may not be aware that you owe a certain duty of care not only to people who have permission to be on your property, but also to those who do not, and that your duty to...more

Washington Answers the Question of Whether Title Companies Owe a Duty of Care to Third Parties…

Last year, the Ninth Circuit certified to the Washington Supreme Court the question of whether title companies owe a duty of care to third parties when they record legal instruments. ...more

Dronsfield v University of Reading

The recent case of Dronsfield v. University of Reading UKEAT/0200/15 has prompted some fairly sensationalist headlines. Take the Evening Standard, for example: "University of Reading art lecturer who had sex with 'vulnerable'...more

Asbestos Exposure Liability Decision May Affect Future "Take Home" Cases

Following recent court action, defendants up against "take-home" asbestos exposure claims may need to rethink their legal strategy. The Northern District of Illinois recently denied a Motion for Reconsideration of a...more

Lender under no duty to advise borrower about onerous term in loan agreement

A lender did not owe a contractual or tortious duty to advise a borrower about a potentially onerous clause in a loan agreement. The clause in question made the borrower liable for the lender’s hedging break costs if the...more

NJ Supreme Court Opens Door to More Take-Home Exposure Claims against Landowners

On July 6, 2016, in Schwartz v. Accuratus Corporation, No. A-73-14-076195, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that individuals other than spouses exposed to take-home toxins may pursue claims against landowners....more

Premises Liability – Nightclub Liable for Rape of Patron by Employee

Janice H. v. 696 North Robertson, LLC - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 14, 2016) - Under California law, an owner of land has a duty to take affirmative action to control the wrongful acts of third...more

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