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Rhode Island: Co-Employee Immunity to Tort Liability Extends Even to Instigator of Dangerous Horseplay
Posted on 26 Apr 2019 by Thomas A. Robinson

The exclusive remedy provision of the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Act is so strong, held the state’s Supreme Court, that it shielded a co-employee from tort liability in a dangerous incident involving horseplay. The evidence indicated... Read More

Florida: Unrelated Works Exception Does Not Apply to Employees of “Horizontal” Subcontractors
Posted on 9 Sep 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

As is the case with the majority of jurisdictions, Florida employees generally may not sue co-employees in tort where the alleged tortfeasor was acting in furtherance of the employer’s business. Co-employee immunity is limited in Florida, however... Read More

Kentucky: Opioid Dependence Results in Loss of Co-Employee Immunity in Tort Action
Posted on 13 Oct 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

A school bus driver was not entitled to rely upon Kentucky’s fellow-immunity rule in a tort action filed against her, since there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s finding that the defendant driver was voluntarily intoxicated at... Read More

New York: Golf Club Attendant May Sue Co-Employee for “Errant” Swing of Golf Shaft
Posted on 17 Mar 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

Applying New York’s rule regarding co-employee immunity—that in order for a co-employee to be shielded from liability, the co-employee must (a) have been acting within the scope of his or her employment and (b) not have been engaged in a willful... Read More

Washington: Co-employee Immunity Applies Only When Defendant Acting in the Course of Employment
Posted on 9 Oct 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

An appellate court in Washington state held that it was error for a trial court to grant summary judgment in favor of a defendant, on exclusive remedy grounds, where the plaintiff alleged he was struck by a vehicle driven by the defendant, a fellow employee... Read More

Washington: Employee Can Sue Co-Employee in Tort for Injuries Sustained in After-Hours Accident
Posted on 14 Jan 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

Adopting the dominant rule discussed in Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law , Ch. 111, § 111.03, the Supreme Court of Washington held that a co-employee enjoys immunity under the exclusive remedy provisions of the state’s workers’... Read More

New York: Tort Suit Against Co-Employee Not Barred Where Accident Occurred Near, But Away from Employer's Premises
Posted on 1 Mar 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

The defendant employee’s employment ended when he entered his car, drove away from an employer-controlled parking lot, and struck a co-employee who had entered a cross-walk on a street that circled the employer’s campus. Accordingly, it was... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Presumption of Compensability for Court Reporter’s On-the-Job Aneurysm
Posted on 13 Jan 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Presumption of Compensability, Social Security Offset, Exclusive Remedy and Co-Employee Immunity, and Retaliatory Discharge. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Presumption of Compensability for Court Reporter’s On-the-Job Aneurysm
Posted on 13 Jan 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Presumption of Compensability, Social Security Offset, Exclusive Remedy and Co-Employee Immunity, and Retaliatory Discharge. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the... Read More