Calif. Employers Get Coverage Relief On Negligent Hire Suits

Law360 (June 6, 2018, 10:44 AM EDT) -- California's highest court has given the state's employers peace of mind with its Monday ruling that an insurance carrier's defense obligation can be triggered by claims that a company failed to properly vet or supervise a worker who then intentionally hurts someone, attorneys say.

The decision came as the California Supreme Court responded to a certified question from the Ninth Circuit in Ledesma & Meyer Construction Co. Inc.'s coverage dispute with Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp. The state high court found that claims that an employer is negligent in hiring, retaining or supervising a worker who intentionally injured a third party trigger a...

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