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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Supreme Court Grants Review of Holding in Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza That Franchisor May Be Liable in FEHA Action

In Patterson v Domino’s Pizza (6/4/12) (discussed here), the Court of Appeal held that a franchisor may be held liable under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) for acts taking place in a franchisee's place of business.  

The Supreme Court last week granted the franchisor's petition for review:  
Petition for review after the Court of Appeal reversed the summary judgment in a civil action. The court limited review to the question discussed in the Court of Appeal's opinion, namely, whether the defendant franchisor is entitled to summary judgment on plaintiff's claim that it is vicariously liable for tortious conduct by a supervising employee of a franchisee. 
Patterson is Case No. S204543.  The Court's case summary page is here.  I have added Patterson to our Watch List of Pending Cases.  

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