No. S050870.

74 Cal.Rptr.2d 878 (1998)

18 Cal.4th 253

955 P.2d 504

Timothy TOLAND, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. SUNLAND HOUSING GROUP, INC., Defendant and Respondent.

Supreme Court of California.

June 1, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Hefner, Stark & Mares, Robert P. Biller and Stephen S. Tilt, Sacramento, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

Stalely J. Bell, San Francisco, Ian Hereof, Santa Monica, Douglas Decries, Sacramento, Leonard Sacks, Grenada Hills, Bruce Broillet, Santa Monica, Harvey Levine, Fremont, Ronald Wrinkle, William D. Turley, San Diego, Steven Kleifield, Los Angeles, David A. Rosen, Los Angeles, Tony Tanke, Redwood City, Mary E. Alexander, San Francisco, David Casey, Santa Ana, Robert B. Steinberg. berg, Los: Angeles, Stoplman, Krissman, Elber, Mandel & Katzman, Dennis M. Elber, Thomas G. Stolpman, Long Beach, Rose, Klein & Marias, David A. Rosen, Los Angeles, The Arns Law Firm, Robert S. Arns, San Francisco, and Morgan C. Smith as Amici Curae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

Shepard & Haven, Kenneth B. Shepard and Karen E. Halbo, Sacramento, for Defendant and Respondent.

William M. McMillan, Sacramento, George Cory, Sacramento, Kenneth G. Nellis, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, Frederick D. Baker, Kirk C. Jenkins, San Francisco, Schaffer & Lax, Clifford L. Schaffer, Los Angeles, Horvitz & Levy, David M. Axelrad, Stephen E. Norris, John Gueli, Encino, Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges, Philip R. Placier, Jennifer Kuenster, Kevin O'Brien, San Francisco, Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, Ezra Hendon and Kathy M. Banke, Oaklnd, as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

KENNARD, Justice.

Under the doctrine of peculiar risk, a person who hires an independent contractor to do inherently dangerous work can be held liable for tort damages when the contractor causes injury to others by negligently performing the work. The doctrine serves to ensure that innocent bystanders or neighboring landowners injured by the hired contractor's negligence will have a source of compensation even if the contractor turns out to be insolvent. As we explained...

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