New CA Torts Case

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2023
Can a corporation, that is solely owned by an alleged sexual molester of minors,
be liable for the acts of its owner?

Last month, the Second District Court of Appeal published a new decision addressing this issue. To find out what they decided, watch the video and read my one-paragraph case summary below.

New CA Torts Case  

Safechuck v. MJJ Productions, Inc. (2023) _ Cal.App.5th _ , 2023 WL 5317832: The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s order sustaining defendants’ demurrer, without leave to amend, in a case alleging sexual molestation of a minor by Michael Jackson and reversed the trial court’s order granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment in another similar sexual molestation case involving Jackson. The trial court concluded that the two corporations, wholly owned by the Jackson, did not have a duty to protect plaintiffs from sexual abuse Jackson is alleged to have inflicted on them for many years while they were children because the corporations had no ability to control Jackson—their sole owner—or his interactions with plaintiffs. The Court of Appeal disagreed and, following the guidance in Brown v. USA Taekwondo (2021) 11 Cal.5th 204, concluded that a corporation that facilitates the sexual abuse of children by one of its employees is not excused from an affirmative duty to protect those children merely because it is solely owned by the perpetrator of the abuse. Concluding that it would be perverse to find no duty based on the corporate defendant having only one shareholder, the Court of Appeal reversed the judgments entered for the corporations. (C.A. 2nd, August 18, 2023.)

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