Calif. Justices Affirm Revival Of Vicarious Negligence Claim

By John Petrick (June 26, 2018, 2:11 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court has affirmed an appellate court's revival of a suit alleging the owner of a dental clinic should be held vicariously liable for a dentist's malpractice, overruling a more than 150-year-old state Supreme Court decision that was the basis of the clinic owner's appeal.

Dr. Haitham Matar had appealed to the state's high court, which issued its opinion Monday, after the Second District Court of Appeal reversed and remanded a trial court decision granting him summary judgment in a suit brought by patient Rana Samara.

Matar, the clinic owner, had claimed the Supreme Court's 1865 Skidmore decision supported...

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