Texas Justices To Weigh Subcontractor Liability In Injury Suits

Law360, New York (December 18, 2015, 10:55 PM EST) -- The Texas Supreme Court said Friday it will hear an appeal concerning an apparent conflict between provisions of the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act, in which a subcontractor is arguing it should be statutorily shielded from a negligence suit filed by an injured employee of the general contractor.

The appeal was filed by TIC Energy & Chemical Inc., a construction company hired as a subcontractor by Union Carbide Corp., a Dow Chemical Co. subsidiary. According to the petition, as part of the working agreement between the companies, Union Carbide is required to provide worker’s compensation and liability insurance for TIC and its...

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