The doctrine in the case of Privette v. Superior Court (1993) is grounded on the presumption that an independent contractor’s hirer generally delegates to the contractor responsibility for supervising the job, including the duty to look after employees’ safety.
Kimco Realty Corporation and its subsidiary, PK 1 Plaza 580 SC, LP (collectively, Kimco) – the defendants in the case of Ramirez et al. v. PK 1 Plaza 580 SC, LP et al. – owned and operated a shopping center. One of the tenants, Freeway Insurance Services, Inc., vacated the suite that it was leasing.