Negligent Hiring Claims Covered By Policy: Calif. Justices

Law360 (June 4, 2018, 8:37 PM EDT) -- California's high court ruled Monday that a Liberty Mutual unit must cover the costs of a construction company to defend against claims it negligently hired and failed to supervise a former employee who sexually assaulted a middle school student, finding that the builder's conduct fits the definition of an accident in L&M's policy.

Answering a certified question from the Ninth Circuit in Ledesma & Meyer Construction Co. Inc.'s coverage dispute with Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp., the California Supreme Court found that claims that an employer was negligent in hiring, retaining or supervising a worker who intentionally injured a third party trigger...

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