Vicarious Liability

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Duty to Prevent Harm and Duty to Disclose are Both Part of General Duty to Exercise Reasonable Care

In Doe v. Superior Court (filed 5/29/15, No. H040674), the California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, held that a defendant’s reasonable duty of care to prevent harm to a minor and her parents encompassed the duty...more

UTC Fire & Security Obtains Summary Judgment In Putative TCPA Class Action

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”), prohibits initiating a telephone call using a prerecorded voice to wireless or residential telephone numbers unless the called party consents to receiving the...more

Is an Underinsured Motorist Policy Subject to the Automatic Bankruptcy Stay?

Imagine: an employee is injured in a car accident with another driver who is at fault. The employee settles with the at-fault driver for the limits of her liability policy. The employee, whose injuries exceed the at-fault...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Freshii Not Joint Employer

The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") recently published a memo finding that Canadian fast-casual restaurant franchisor Freshii is not a joint employer of its franchisee's employees. The ruling concerns unfair labor...more

Negligence –Duty Owed by a Religious Organization to One of its Members Who Has Been Harmed By Another Member

Candace Conti v. Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, Inc., et al. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (April 13, 2015) - Historically, churches have not been found vicariously liable for the...more

Potential for Vicarious Liability Under the Graves Amendment [Video]

The Graves Amendment is a federal statute that has traditionally shielded commercial motor vehicle leasing companies from most claims of vicarious liability. In August 2014, however, a New York court determined that a...more

Court finds employer not vicariously liable for actions of employees against other employees

In Palmer & Ors v State of Queensland [2015] QDC 63, a determination by Judge McGill of the Brisbane District Court delivered on 27 March 2015 determined that the employer, Disability Services Queensland, took all reasonable...more

Top franchise matters of 2014

DLA Piper IPT partners Barry Heller, John Verhey and John Hughes recently conducted a webinar reviewing 2014’s top franchise decisions. Three significant 2014 matters are summarized below. 1. In Patterson v. Domino’s...more

Supreme Court of New Jersey Adopts Faragher/Ellerth Affirmative Defense

On February 11, 2015, the Supreme Court of New Jersey expressly adopted the test created by the United States Supreme Court in Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 775, 807 (1998) and Burlington Indus., Inc. v. Ellerth,...more

Named in a TCPA Lawsuit? Liability Strategy May Avoid Crippling Damages

Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") class action lawsuits are booming, and plaintiffs are commonly seeking tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars in damages. These cases often arise out of a marketing campaign...more

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad: NJ High Court Offers Employers Avenue to Limit Vicarious Liability in Harassment Suits; But...

In Aguas v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently adopted an affirmative defense—available under federal law since 1998—allowing employers to use their anti-harassment policies to limit vicarious...more

Caribbean Cruise Line Obtains Dismissal of Putative TCPA Class Action

On March 25, 2014, Brian Jackson received a text message on his cellular phone, allegedly making an offer for cruise ticks on behalf of Caribbean Cruise Line (“CCL”). Jackson filed suit against AdSource Marketing Ltd....more

N.J. Supreme Court Decision in Harassment Case Mixed Bag for Employers

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided two key issues affecting claims of supervisory hostile work environment sexual harassment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). In Aguas v. State of New...more

N.J. High Court Adopts Faragher-Ellerth Defense for LAD Sexual Harassment Claims

Last week, in Aguas v. New Jersey, No. A-35-13 (Feb. 11, 2015), New Jersey’s high court embraced the federal Faragher-Ellerth defense for claims alleging vicarious liability for supervisory sexual harassment under New...more

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

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

New Jersey high court decision will reshape employer liability in sexual harassment cases

On February 11, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a significant sexual harassment decision that offers something positive for both employers and employees. Employers will be happy that the Court has, after...more

Jail for UK directors and corporate sentencing to come

The prosecution of Smith and Ouzman Ltd. for bribery is winding to a close, with the sentencing of two directors of the company for corruption....more

Dish Network Potentially on the Hook for Billions in Penalties for Violating Federal and State Telemarketing Regulations

Recently, in the long-running legal showdown pitting the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) and four state attorneys general against the satellite television provider Dish Network, LLC (“Dish”), U.S. District Court Judge...more

Boon to New Jersey Employers: State Supreme Court Confirms that Federal Faragher/Ellerth "Affirmative Defense" Now Applies to...

On February 11, 2015, New Jersey's Supreme Court formally decided an important issue left open for nearly two decades concerning New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination (LAD). In Aguas v. State of New Jersey, __ N.J. __, No....more

Hold the Phone: Judge Holds Dish Network on the Line for Tens of Millions of Calls, but Leaves Silver Lining for TCPA Defendants

On December 12, 2014, Judge Sue E. Myerscough issued an epic 238-page order granting in part and denying in part cross summary judgment motions filed in United States of America, et al. v. Dish Network, L.L.C. (“Dish...more

HIPAA Violation — Pharmacy Held Liable for Employee’s Misdeeds

Recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals let stand a $1.4 million jury verdict against a national pharmacy chain for its employee pharmacist’s unauthorized disclosure of a customer’s confidential medical records.  Given the...more

TCPA Connect - January 2015

Dish Could Face Billions in TCPA Liability - Dish Network is liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act not only for telemarketing calls made by the company, but for those a call center and other third parties...more

Trade Secrets And 3rd Parties: Litigation Traps To Avoid

Many companies have developed trade secrets policies to protect their valuable information, but even forward-thinking companies may not have internal controls to avoid liability as third parties to alleged trade secret...more

Eleventh Circuit adopts broad view of businesses’ potential liability under TCPA for faxes sent by third parties

One of the hottest areas in class actions is litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). And one of the most significant issues in TCPA litigation is the existence and scope of vicarious liability. The...more

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Sexual Assault Claim

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

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