By: Philip A. Toomey, Esq.
On Monday, June 4, the Supreme Court of California (“SCOCAL”) ruled that under certain circumstances, a general liability insurer has an obligation to defend an insured who has been sued for negligent hiring and retention. This is a major ruling, since most general liability carriers have, in the past, declined such claims, asserting that these are not general liability occurrences but must be covered by Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”).
If you have any questions about this recent ruling or about California employment law, please contact Philip A. Toomey. Phil serves as Leech Tishman’s West Coast Business & Employment Client Relations Partner and practices in the firm’s Employment, Corporate, Litigation, and Real Estate Practice Groups. He can be reached at 424.738.4400 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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