Putting Texas Premises Liability Law In Perspective

Law360, New York (June 17, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT) -- On June 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of Texas issued its long-awaited opinion in Austin v. Kroger Texas LP. The decision clarifies and arguably changes key elements of premises liability and nonsubscriber law. The opinion is very important to all premises and business owners as well the growing number of employers in Texas who do not subscribe to the voluntary Texas workers' compensation scheme.

The case involved a Kroger grocery store employee, Randy Austin, whose job included keeping the floors at his store clean. Austin was assigned the task of cleaning up an oily and greasy spill in two restrooms. He...

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