CRST, Inc. v. Superior CourtAnnotate this Case
A freightliner driven by petitioners' employee struck a vehicle, causing serious injuries to the passengers, real parties in interest Matthew and Michael Lennig. The Lennings filed suit against the employee and petitioners, seeking punitive damages. The Court of Appeal granted the petition for writ of mandate and held that petitioners' admission of vicarious liability did not bar recovery of punitive damages. The court held, however, that there were no triable issues of fact which, if resolved in the Lennings' favor, could subject petitioners to punitive damages.