Hishmeh Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Porterville (June 22, 2020, F074356, F074357, F077323) 2020 WL 3410926

Plaintiffs were struck by a car while crossing a street near an inoperative streetlight. GMSR’s client, Southern California Edison, serviced the streetlight. Plaintiffs sued, alleging that Edison was negligent in allowing the light to be off. On summary judgment, the trial court ruled that Edison had no duty to plaintiffs. GMSR secured an affirmance of the judgment on appeal—the Court of Appeal agreed that a public utility company generally owes no duty to pedestrians injured in an accident near an inoperative streetlight, and plaintiffs failed to show that this case fell within an exception to that rule.

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