Case Study: Seabright Insurance V. US Airways

Law360, New York (September 16, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT) -- In Seabright Insurance Company v. US Airways Inc., No. S182508 (Aug. 22, 2011), the California Supreme Court held that when an employee of an independent contractor is injured due to the failure of the independent contractor to comply with workplace safety requirements, liability for the injury is with the employee's employer, not the entity engaging the services of the contractor.

In this case, US Airways used a conveyor to move luggage at San Francisco International Airport. The airline had responsibility for maintaining the conveyor and ensuring its...
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