California Supreme Court Watch

Sep 14, 2020
#20-260 Horne v. Ahern Rentals, S263309.

#20-260 Horne v. Ahern Rentals, S263309. (B299605; 50 Cal.App.5th 192; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC675950.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in a civil action. The court ordered briefing deferred pending decision in Sandoval v. Qualcomm Inc., S252796 (#19-09), which concerns whether a company that hires an independent contractor can be held liable in tort for injuries sustained by the contractor’s employee based solely on the company’s negligent failure to undertake safety measures, and Gonzalez v. Mathis, S247677 (#18-67), which concerns whether a homeowner who hires an independent contractor can be held liable in tort for injury sustained by the contractor’s employee when the homeowner does not retain control over the worksite and the hazard causing the injury was known to the contractor.

Review granted; briefing deferred: 9/16/2020

See the California Court of Appeal Opinion.