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Louisiana Court Holds Employer Responsible for Failing to Protect Employee From Off-Duty Threat of Violence by Coworker

A Louisiana appellate court has ruled an employee may sue her employer for negligence for injuries sustained on the job when the injuries resulted from a dispute that began outside of work. The case is particularly...more

Sometimes a Belt & Suspenders Aren’t Enough

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Even the most cautious lawyer might think that Columbia North Hills Hospital had done enough to compel arbitration when a former employee sued for sexual harassment, retaliation, and negligence. The trial court thought so. ...more

“Safety Engineering Letter of Opinion” dealing with OHSA obligations disallowed by court in civil lawsuit

by Dentons on

A “Safety Engineering Letter of Opinion”, styled as an “expert report” and covering Occupational Health and Safety Act obligations, was struck and its author was prohibited from testifying at the trial of a civil lawsuit....more

Appeal Court Revives Class Action against the WSIB

by Dentons on

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

Can a PA Employer be Liable to its Employees for a Data Breach?

It’s a nightmare scenario for any employer: you’ve been hacked. Thousands of your employees’ names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, and bank account information have been stolen. This information is used to file...more

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

by Wilson Elser on

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

by Wilson Elser on

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

Employers Can Be Responsible for Falls in Parking Lots

Given the icy conditions we are finally beginning to experience this year, our office has fielded multiple calls from clients saying their employees slipped and fell on ice or snow in the clients’ parking lots. Often, the...more

Longshoreman’s Negligence Claim Against a Vessel Limited to § 905(b)

In Seaboard Spirit LTD, et al. v. Antwon Hyman, et al., No. 15-12953, an unpublished opinion issued by the Eleventh Circuit on December 5, 2016, the Court of Appeals reversed a District Court’s opinion that had expanded a...more

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

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

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

Idaho Supreme Court Refuses to Modify the Workers Compensation Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In order to provide near certain relief for employees injured in the course of employment, the Idaho Worker’s Compensation Act withdrew the common law remedies workers traditionally held against their employers. This...more

Was Negligence the Cause of the Fatal Hoboken Train Crash?

by The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP on

Tragedy recently struck the New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken Terminal when a speeding train crashed through several safety barriers before ultimately smashing into the passenger depot. One person was killed and over 100 were...more

The Duty of Care to Distressed Employees

by DLA Piper on

The Supreme Court of Queensland has allowed a negligence claim by a former nursing home administrator whose pre-existing anxiety disorder was exacerbated by work stressors1....more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Broker-Dealer’s Liability For Employee’s Fraud

Will a broker-dealer be liable when a financial advisor employed by the firm solicits investments as part of a fraudulent scheme, where the firm specifically prohibited the advisor from soliciting the investment, the...more

When the Company’s Joke Backfires

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Harvey Slapstick, CEO of Jokes-R-Us, decided an April Fool’s prank on his employees was just what the company needed to boost morale. So he hired two former soldiers to conduct a fake hostage situation at the company’s...more

Are "Bring Your Gun To Work" Policies A Good Idea?

by Fisher Phillips on

As the national debate roils about how to handle the problem of gun violence in modern American society, employers are asking whether it makes sense to allow employees to carry firearms at work. Although office killings have...more

“Contractor?” I Do Not Think That Employers’ Liability Exclusion Means What You Think It Means

by Carlton Fields on

Over the summer, this blog reported on how the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania managed to parse an employer’s liability exclusion to find that it did not exclude claims by employees of additional insureds. As the leaves started...more

Employee Health Information: Separate and Secure

by Zelle LLP on

There are several reasons an employer might have employee health information, ranging from the results of a pre-employment physical to the contents of a request for FMLA leave to what’s written in a health provider’s note...more

Navigating the Slippery Floor

by LeClairRyan on

Slip and fall claims are not limited to guests and customers. If you are an employee, and your employer is a non-subscriber of workers compensation coverage in Texas, a slip and fall used to mean big bucks. Maybe not...more

Sony Data Breach Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss Suit

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

As previously reported upon by PK Law, Michael Corona and eight other individuals (“Plaintiffs”) filed a class action on March 2, 2015 against Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (“Sony”). (U.S. District Court, Central District...more

Georgia Supreme Court Brings Clarity to Non-Party Fault Under The Apportionment Statute

The Georgia law regarding apportionment of liability in tort cases became more clear this month with the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision in Zaldivar v. Prickett, et al. Before the Court was the question of whether a...more

Arizona Court Clarifies Premise Liability

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a recent Arizona Court of Appeals case, the court clarified the rules for liability of a property owner to a person injured on the premises. In Lee v. M & H Enterprises, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (filed April 21,...more

Pennsylvania Court Refuses to Create a Duty of Care to Protect Confidential Personal Data

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On May 28, 2015, Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr. refused to create a new cause of action sounding in negligence allowing a claim for damages resulting from improper disclosure of confidential personal and financial...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Erects New Hurdle for Harassment Plaintiffs To Overcome

by Cole Schotz on

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court analyzed the impact of an employer’s anti-harassment policy on an employee’s claims of negligence, recklessness and vicarious liability against employers under the New Jersey Law...more

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