Agency LIABILITY FOR TORTS AND CRIMES(1)(1) - LIABILITY FOR...

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LIABILITY FOR TORTS AND CRIMES
Initial NotesA tort is a civil wrong other than breach of contractTorts may be intentional (e,g,, assault, slander)Torts may be negligent (breach of duty of care that is the proximate cause of an injury)Some tort liability is “strict liability,” i.e., liability without intention or faultSame action may constitute a crime as well as a tort, e.g. assaultWhen person injured is suing, the issue is tort, not criminal, liability
General RuleEveryone is liable for his own tort to the victim of the tort.Regardless of whether acting on behalf of someone elseemployee, independent contractor, agent directed or authorized by someone elsePrincipal or employer may alsobe liable to acts of employee, agent, independent contractorT (victim of tort) may then have claims against both (but only one total recovery)

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