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$________ CONFIDENTIAL – Negligent Hiring – Negligent Retention – employee was murdered by one of employees.

Withheld County, MA

In this employer’s liability matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant insulation company was negligent in its hiring and supervision/retention of an employee. That employee robbed the decedent and then killed her in her home. The defendant disputed liability and challenged the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s alleged injuries and damages.

The 68-year-old decedent hired the defendant’s insulation company to perform home insulation installation in her home. One of the defendant’s installers, who had been hired only eight days earlier, robbed the decedent and then slit her throat. He then pawned a necklace that had stolen from the decedent. The plaintiff estate brought suit against the defendant company alleging negligent retention and hiring. The evidence disclosed that the defendant failed to perform background checks on its employees before hiring workers.

The defendant denied the allegations, and disputed the damages alleged, citing the fact that the closest of kin to the decedent had no contact with her for 20 years.The parties agreed to the sum of $________ to resolve the plaintiff’s claim in this matter.

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