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Hospital Insists it Was Malpractice; Patient Disagrees

At first glance it looks like a “Man Bites Dog” headline. The hospital insists that the patient was injured by professional negligence; the patient vehemently disagrees. The argument goes all the way to the state court of...more

Retail Hospitality Newsletter - Late Fall 2016

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United Statesand is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...more

Steven Lane v. State of Arizona, et al

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli Governmental and Appellate Group members John DiCaro and Justin Ackerman recently obtained summary judgment on a premises liability and fraudulent transfer lawsuit filed against Gavilan Peak, LLC. On...more

The Rise of Spoliation Claims In Premises Liability Cases

“Spoliation” generally includes the destruction of evidence or the failure to preserve property for another’s use as evidence in pending or reasonably foreseeable litigation. See Owner-Operator Indep. Drivers Ass’n v....more

Construction Injuries Under the Privette Doctrine. An Electrifying, but Perhaps Not Particularly Shocking, Story . . .

We’ve talked about the Privette doctrine before. The Privette doctrine, named after the court case Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689, provides in general that project owners and contractors are not responsible...more

Decision Limiting Duties regarding Automated External Defibrillators Does Not Shock The Conscience

Ponder the following: A man attends an exercise class at a facility run by a local religious institution. Assume that he belonged to this facility, wanted to attend an exercise class because his fitness was less than...more

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

Torts – Premises Liability

Al Khosh v. Staples Construction Company, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (October 26, 2016) - Under Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689, an employee of an independent contractor...more

Workwise: The Time of Year for Holiday Cheer: A Few Things for Employers to Keep in Mind

With the holidays just around the corner, many employers will be celebrating the holiday season and a hard year’s work with its staff. Although this is a time for cheer, employers should also be mindful of their obligations...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

Torts – Assumption of the Risk – Waiver of Liability

Kirk Anderson v. Fitness International, LLC - Court of Appeal, Second District (October 27, 2016) - The general rule in California is that all persons are responsible “for an injury occasioned to another by his or...more

Torts – Immunity for Recreational Activities by Private Landowner

Yan Wang et al., v. Gregory Nibbelink, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (October 13, 2016) - Under Civil Code § 846, a landowner is shielded from liability from injuries to recreational users...more

Who Is Responsible For That Fallen Tree?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew many of us are dealing with damage caused by fallen trees. In planned communities, the question of responsibility for damage caused by fallen trees is often posed to the owners...more

California Recreational Immunity Statute Applies to Shield Landowner from Liability for Injuries to Off-Premises Persons Not...

The California Court of Appeal, in a case of first impression, recently held that California's "recreational immunity" statute (Cal. Civil Code §846(c)) applies to shield landowners from liability where recreational users of...more

Premises Liability

Victor M. Regalado v. Jeffrey M. Callaghan - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (September 22, 2016) - Generally, when employees of independent contractors are injured in the workplace, they cannot sue the...more

Commonsense Tips for Documenting Reported Accidents

One of legendary coach John Wooden’s sayings goes, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” While common-sense advice applies across the board, it is particularly applicable to proper...more

Supreme Court Limits Landlords Liability for Disrepair

The recent Supreme Court decision in Edwards v. Kumarasamy [2016] UKSC 40 will come as a relief to buy-to-let landlords concerned about their liability for disrepairs in common parts. The Supreme Court, in the context of...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19248 - Western Dermatology Consultants, P.C. v. VitalWorks, Inc. - This decision partially upheld an Appellate Court decision I previously summarized for you where a...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

Pokémon No! A Strategy Guide on Handling the Latest Smartphone Craze in the Workplace

Although Pokémon Go is only 21 days young, over 30 million users have downloaded and played the augmented reality game on their smartphones. In the latest release of the pocket monster franchise, your mission is to capture...more

And The Defense Wins

DRI members Jeff Curran of Gable Gotwals in Oklahoma City and Leighton Oshima of Oshima, Itomura and Fujimoto in Honolulu recently obtained a unanimous defense verdict for a national retailer in Hawaii Circuit Court. Gail...more

New York Imposes Duty on Mortgage Lenders to Maintain “Zombie Properties” and Increases Lenders’ Exposure for Premises Liability...

On June 23, 2016, New York State enacted legislation imposing a duty on banks and mortgage companies to maintain one- to four-family residential properties abandoned by their owners before they have foreclosed on the...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES #2

Under the Occupier’s Liability Act (OLA) there is no duty to investigate and identify a patron for the purposes of a claim between the two patrons unless the occupier had done something to induce an expectation that it would...more

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