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Employer Is Not Liable For Injuries Caused By Employee Who Was En Route To Work

Morales-Simental v. Genentech, Inc., 2017 WL 4700383 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017) Vincent Inte Ong was driving to work at Genentech when his vehicle collided with another vehicle, which resulted in the death of Marisol Morales. In this personal injury lawsuit, Morales’s survivors alleged that Ong was acting within the course and scope of his employment … Continue Reading

“Going and Coming” Rule Barred Employer Liability For Accident

Pierson v. Helmerich & Payne Int’l Drilling Co., 4 Cal. App. 5th 608 (2016) Luis Mooney (an employee of Helmerich & Payne International Drilling (“H&P”)) was involved in a traffic accident while returning home from work; Mooney was driving two other employees to a hotel where they were staying during the job. Brent Dale Pierson … Continue Reading

Employer Is Not Liable For $885,000 In Damages Caused By Off-Duty Employee

Jorge v. Culinary Inst. of Am., 3 Cal. App. 5th 382 (2016) Leopoldo Jorge, Jr., sued Almir Da Fonseca and his employer, the Culinary Institute of America, for injuries Jorge sustained when he was struck by a car driven by Da Fonseca. Da Fonseca, who is employed as a chef instructor for the Institute, had … Continue Reading

Employer Held Not Vicariously Liable For Employee’s Alleged Negligent Use Of Company Car

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. provided Troy Martinez with a company vehicle to use in the execution of his duties.  After completing a day’s work, Martinez drove to Bakersfield with his family to purchase a car for his wife.  The trip to Bakersfield on this occasion exceeded his normal commute by approximately 140 miles (notably, Martinez … Continue Reading

California Court Limits “Coming And Going” Exception In Finding Employer Liable For Car Accident That Occurred While Employee Was Commuting From Work And Running Personal Errand

Employers sometimes face vicarious liability for personal injury and property damage when employees use their own vehicles in connection with the performance of their job duties and get into traffic accidents.  When facing such claims, California employers have generally been able to rely on legal exceptions that carve out an employee’s regular commute as well … Continue Reading
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