Jun 25, 2007 Robin Meadow
Court of Appeal reverses jury verdict against GMSR client in scope-of-employment case
Hild v. Southern California Edison Co. (June 25, 2007, B185778) 2007 WL 1806850, as modified (July 24, 2007) [nonpublished].  En route to inspect a facility for her employer, an employee saw some children she knew playing paintball. She spoke to them, asked to see one of their guns, decided to play a prank on another child, and ended up shooting that child in the eye. The child sued the employer for vicarious liability, claiming that the employee was acting within the scope of her employment at the time she shot the child. The jury agreed, but the Court of Appeal reversed, holding that the employee acted outside the scope of her duties as a matter of law.