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Vicarious Liability Respondeat Superior Outline

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DEF = *Type of strict liability that imposes liability on the employer without fault for the torts of the employee o A is a tortfeasor o [?] is injured o [?] is also held liable for A's tortuous conduct causing injury to [?] because of some relationship between A and [?]
? Conduct w/in scope of employment
? Employee is liable to [?] too


Policy Considerations o Deliberate risk allocation additionally to master o Employer should bear loss because is in a better position to insure against risks, to distribute them as a cost of doing business o Provides incentive to hire/train/supervise employees well


Scope of Employment (Use to determine if V/L will be imposed) o Employer is liable for tortuous conduct of employee when employee's conduct is within the scope of employment o Always analyze conduct of employee first to determine if conduct is tortious, and if so, what kind of tort o Usually negligence, but intentional torts can be within scope (factual determination if it is so closely connected w/employment) o Control Test (Majority)
? Conduct is within the scope of employment if it is subject to a right of control by the party to be held vicariously liable o Benefit to the Enterprise (Minority)
? Even in the absence of a right of control, enterprise is vicariously liable if the employee's conduct would have benefited the enterprise


Factors RE: Scope o *Whether the conduct was so closely connected to the what the actor was hired to do as part of the enterprise that it is fairly regarded as a risk of the business??

Employee or independent contractor?
Paid by job or regular salary?
Extent of control which the master is authorized to exercise and/or exercises over the details of work done by the employee Time, place and purpose of act

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