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Negligent Hiring And Supervision Can Be An 'Accident'

Law360 (June 8, 2018, 3:06 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court answered the Ninth Circuit’s certified question in Liberty Surplus Insurance v. Ledesma & Meyer Construction.[1] The court rephrased the question presented to it as: “When a third party sues an employer for negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of an employee who intentionally injured that third party, does the suit allege an ‘occurrence’ under the employer’s commercial general liability policy?”[2] The court, in an opinion authored by Justice Carol Corrigan, held that it does.

This decision clarifies and harmonizes existing California law about...
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