Issue By: J. Stephanie Krmpotic Luis Gonzalez v. John R. Mathis, et al. Court of Appeal, Second District (February 6, 2018) The Privette doctrine, protects the hirers of independent contractors from liability for workplace injuries involving “peculiar risk.” In this case, the trial court granted a motion for summary judgment brought by the property owner…

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Issue By: Catherine E. Golden Bustos v. Global P.E.T., Inc., et al., Fourth Appellate Court of Appeal, No. E065869 (Jan. 16, 2018) The California Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of attorneys’ fees for an employee despite the jury finding that his physical condition was “a substantial motivating reason” for his termination. William Bustos was…

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