On Duty: A Franchisor’s Duty to Protect

Author’s Note: This article is part of an occasional series on liability issues facing the private security industry.  Two previous articles in the series addressed negligence claims for failure to protect a plaintiff against third-party attacks, specifically, the duty element of those claims.  These articles analyzed the duty owed by security guard companies and property […]

On Duty: Property Managers that Hire Private Security Guards

Author’s Note: This article is part of an occasional series on liability issues facing the private security industry.  The first article, On Duty: Private Security Companies and the Threshold Element of a Negligence Claim, was published on April 3, 2020.  Like the previous article, this one begins with a hypothetical: Picture a hypothetical company, which […]

On Duty: Private Security Companies and the Threshold Element of a Negligence Claim

Imagine the following hypothetical. The owner of an ice rink, where a famous figure skater trains, hires a private security company.  The owner’s main concern is that the rink has become overwhelmed with onlookers.  These crowds swell beyond the building’s capacity, exposing him to large fines for violating the town’s building code.  In addition, the […]