The "Privette Doctrine" is a well-accepted rule that has governed the liability of general contractors and property owners for workplace injuries suffered by a subcontractor's employee. In Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689, the California Supreme Court held that “Generally, when employees of independent contractors are injured in the workplace, they cannot sue the party that hired the contractor to do the work.” The rationale for this limitation was that the subcontractor's employee will usually be covered under the subcontractor's workers compensation policy. The courts have created various exceptions to this rule, including exceptions based on claims involving [...]
From the 2014 PLUS Conference session "Top Ten Tips for Design Professionals," Kenneth J. Wittman (Dealey, Renton & Associations) and Wendy Testa, Esq. (Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker) discuss the importance of specificity in defining the scope of work on a project and the pitfalls of working outside of that definition. If you're into professional liability you won't want to miss the 2015 Professional Risk Symposium, April 28 and 29 in Atlanta. PLUS members can view this entire Conference session in the PLUS Multimedia Library.
Does my client need professional and cyber liability? That isn't just a question you may be asking, but also the title of a session at the 2014 PLUS Professional Risk Symposium. In this clip from that session, moderator Terrence R. McInnis (Troutman Sanders LLP) and panelists Tammy Kocher (Argo Pro), Regan E. Miller, RPLU (Wortham Insurance & Risk Management) and Kelly S. Geary (Lemme Insurance Group) discuss who needs cyber coverage and why. The upcoming 2014 PLUS Conference, November 5-7 in Las Vegas, will have much more on the emerging cyber liability market and the more traditional professional liability lines. [...]