City of Los Angeles v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County
City of Los Angeles v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (California Court of Appeal, 2nd District, Division 4, March 18, 2021): A police officer’s wife sued the City of Los Angeles for negligence and “a dangerous condition of public property” after her husband contracted typhus from “unsanitary conditions” at or around a police station and transmitted it to her. The trial court overruled the City’s allegation that it had no duty of care to the officer’s wife since she had not come in personal contact with the station. The court also overruled the City’s argument that California’s Government Code § 855.4 granted it immunity. The city petitioned the California Court of Appeals to contest the lower court’s ruling. The appeals court found the City immune and stated that “[a] public entity’s liability must be based on statute,” which was not satisfied here. Read the full decision here.