George v. Bowler, 2015 MT 209 (July 28, 2015) (Baker, J.) (5-0, aff’d)
Issue: Whether the district court properly granted summary judgment to Bowlers on the basis of workers’ compensation exclusivity.
Short Answer: yes.
Facts: Robert George was a warehouse manager for Carpets Plus, a corporation whose sole shareholder and president is Curtis Bowler, and whose secretary and treasurer is Jean Bowler. Carpets Plus operates on rented property owned by the Bowlers individuals. In 20008, the Bowlers applied for a permit to build a warehouse on their property for use by Carpets Plus, and listed “owners” as the general contractors for the construction project.
In September 2008, Curtis asked Robert to assemble carpet racks in the uncompleted warehouse. While doing so, Robert fell and was injured.…