Vicarious Liability

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And the Winner is? Digital Platform Liability for Trademark Infringement

Much has been made of the question of liability for the operation or furnishing of digital platforms in the copyright context. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the provider of the Betamax recorder did not itself...more


TRUE LEASE V. DISGUISED SECURITY INTEREST - The characterization of a transaction as either a true “lease” or a secured transaction is likely to impact the putative lessor’s rights and remedies both with respect to the...more

SFO speaks on current issues 2015

David Green has spoken on SFO’s current work and given an update on live issues. He spoke on how SFO conducts cases, and said he expects two deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) will be completed before the end of 2015. He...more

ITC Section 337 Update – September 2015

Judge MaryJoan McNamara Appointed New Administrative Law Judge at U.S. International Trade Commission – On August 17, 2015, the ITC issued a news release announcing that Judge MaryJoan McNamara has been appointed as an ALJ....more

Seventh Circuit Issues Stern Warning For Insurers That Reject Their Duty to Defend

The first line of the Seventh Circuit’s opinion says it all: “This case provides a warning for insurance companies who refuse to defend their insureds.” As the court’s admonishment suggests, insurers that improperly refuse to...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

Hidden Risks? What Liability Can Private Colleges and Universities Have for Their Student Newspapers and Publications?

It is well-settled that public institutions are generally not liable for statements made by their student publications because the First Amendment prohibits them from exercising control over such publications. See, e.g.,...more

Another Disappointed “Additional Insured”

No contract clause is more common than the one that says, in effect, “B promises to carry commercial general liability insurance, and to make A an ‘Additional Insured’ under B’s policy.” And perhaps no contract clause...more

Appellate Court Restricts Vicarious Liability Of Hospitals

In a decision issued this week, the Connecticut Appellate Court rejected an argument that a hospital has a nondelegable duty to provide emergency care and thus is vicariously liable for the professional negligence of an...more

Fourth Circuit: If You Want to Limit Additional Insured Coverage to Vicarious Liability, You Should Say So

In Capital City Real Estate, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, No. 14-1239 (4th Cir. June 10, 2015), the Fourth Circuit Court ruled that a Maryland federal court erred in granting summary judgment to Certain...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this comprehensive tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in...more

Viewing Unsolicited Fax Not Required for TCPA Standing

The Sixth Circuit recently held that standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not require the plaintiff to have printed, or even viewed, a fax advertisement that violates the TCPA. The Court...more

Employer investigations

The case concerned four police officers' claims against the Metropolitan Police Commissioner (the Commissioner) (their quasi-employer) for the way the Commissioner handled a claim by a suspected terrorist alleging police...more

Arizona Court Clarifies Premise Liability

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

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

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