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Ariz. court finds liability limited in work travel

The Arizona Supreme Court says there are limits on liability of companies whose employees are involved in accidents while on out-of-town assignments.

In a case decided Monday, a company contended it shouldn’t be liable for a 2007 automobile accident involving an employee who was driving back to his Yuma hotel from dinner after work in Mexico.

A motorcyclist injured in the accident claimed that the company was liable because the worker was traveling for his job.

The Supreme Court disagreed. The justices said the worker was on his own time and not under the company’s control when the accident occurred.

A ruling by the mid-level Court of Appeals had said the company wasn’t liable. A different Court of Appeals ruling in a similar case went the other way.

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