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Poole & Shaffery, LLP
Issue 58 | June 2021

Federal Court Dismisses Suit Against Spouse’s Employer for Off-Site Exposure to Coronavirus

On May 10, 2021, a Northern District of California judge issued a win for California employers by dismissing a case seeking to hold an employer liable for COVID-19 related injuries allegedly sustained by its employee’s spouse. In what is the first of many anticipated cases for secondary exposure to the coronavirus, the court confirmed that claims against an employer arising out of an employee’s alleged contraction of the virus are subject to the exclusive remedy provided by worker’s compensation.

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By:  Samuel R.W. Price

California Closer to Codifying Strict Liability for Online Retailers

With the implosion of online shopping, California is looking to modernize its product liability laws with the introduction of Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1182, which would impose strict liability for online retailers.

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By:  Jaion Chung

Poole Shaffery & Koegle Wins Summary Judgement in Favor of Medical Device Manufacturer

On May 14, 2021, our team successfully obtained another victory by way of summary judgment in favor of a medical device manufacturer. In Jose Riera, et al. v. Mecta Corporation, et al. (United States District Court Central District of California Case No. 2:17-cv-06686-RGK-JC), plaintiffs alleged that they suffered brain damage and resulting long-term and/or permanent cognitive impairment after undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (“ECT”) with a device manufactured by our client.

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By:  Jason A. Benkner

Featured Transportation Settlement

On May 4, 2021 defendant Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed to the terms of a $2 million settlement with plaintiff Fernando E. Gomez, who was injured in an incident involving a bus operated by defendant.

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