Essay 3 - Neha Shah 10/04/2011 Business Law 2 Professor...

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Neha Shah 10/04/2011 Business Law 2 Professor Rodriguez Essay 3 Any person including an agent is liable for his or her own torts and crimes. Whether a principal can also be held liable for an agent’s torts and crimes depends on several factors. In some situations, a principal may be held liable not only for the torts of an agent but also for the torts committed by an independent contractor. A principal conducting an activity through an agent may be liable for harm resulting from the principal’s own negligence or recklessness. Thus a principal may be liable for giving improper instructions, authorizing the use of improper instructions, authorizing the use of the improper materials or tools or establishing improper rules that result in the agent’s committing a tort. For example, if Mike knows that Linda cannot drive but nevertheless tells her to use the company truck to deliver some equipment to a customer he will be liable for his own negligence to anyone injured by her negligent driving. Similarly, a principal who authorizes an agent to commit a tort may be liable to persons
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Essay 3 - Neha Shah 10/04/2011 Business Law 2 Professor...

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