Docket No. L.A. 30820.

22 Cal.3d 157 (1978)

583 P.2d 721

148 Cal. Rptr. 867

OFFSHORE RENTAL COMPANY, INC., et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. CONTINENTAL OIL COMPANY, Defendant and Respondent.

Supreme Court of California.

September 18, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Ruston, Nance & DiCaro, Donald A. Ruston and Stephen I. Cohen for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Shield & Smith, Theodore P. Shield and Gary Robert Gibeaut for Defendant and Respondent.



This case presents a problem of conflict of laws. Plaintiff, a California corporation, sues for the loss of services of a "key" employee, whom defendant negligently injured on defendant's premises in Louisiana. The trial court, applying Louisiana law, concluded that plaintiff could not maintain a cause of action against defendant, and accordingly dismissed the complaint. Plaintiff appeals from the judgment, contending...

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