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Flores v. Enter. Rent-A-Car Co., B215105

In plaintiffs' suit for wrongful death, negligent entrustment, and punitive damages against a car rental company for their son's death, caused by one of defendant's renters (who allegedly had prior DUI convictions in the last 48 months), judgment of the trial court is affirmed as rental car companies have no duty to conduct an electronic search of the driving records of their customers before entrusting a vehicle to them, and as a matter of law, a rental car agency is not liable for negligent entrustment where the agency has fully complied with the requirements of Vehicle Code sections 14604 and 14608, and the customer does not appear impaired or otherwise unfit to drive at the time of rental.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/28/2010
  • Published 09/28/2010

Judges

  • WILLHITE

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

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