California judges urged to find ‘takeaway’ COVID liability

By Lauren Berg (July 22, 2022, 9:37 p.m. EDT) — A woman suing her husband’s employer over his coronavirus infection urged the California Supreme Court on Friday to rule that companies can be held liable for not doing so enough to stop COVID-19 from spreading to their workers’ households.

In April, the Ninth Circuit asked the California High Court to answer two questions: If an employee contracts COVID-19 at work and reports the virus to their spouse, is the spouse’s claim blocked by the California derivative injury doctrine? And does an employer have a duty under state law to the households of its employees to exercise ordinary care to prevent the spread of…

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