Actual Authority

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Actual Authority

The legal authority a person has as the result of a law or contract. For example, the owner of a house has the actual authority to sell it because the law states that he is the owner. Likewise, the president of the United States has the actual authority to sign or veto legislation. Persons with actual authority are legally liable for their actions. Actual authority is distinct from apparent authority. It is also called express authority.
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imposes a charge on the public revenues or requires payment to be made to the Crown or to any other authority, or prescribes the amount of any such charge or payment, without express authority having been provided for in the enabling legislation;
To the extent that the federal government is threatening potential buyers based on old laws that contradict the Constitution, the federal government is establishing the weakness of its authority and affirming the lack of express authority under the Constitution.
Mr Gaydamak was correct to submit that at their first meeting on 4th August 2011, Mr Leviev must have given General Kopelipa the express authority to convey his two conditions to Mr Gaydamak.
Though others may, perhaps, lawfully have published them they could not do so under his express authority.
Section 913 of the Dodd-Frank Act, White told the lawmakers, "added new express authority for the commission to adopt a uniform fiduciary standard of conduct and to consider other potential options for the harmonization of the regulation of broker-dealers and investment advisers.
A contract may be written or oral and may be based on express authority or apparent/implied authority.
citizens who are arrested in the United States, unless express authority for such detention is given.
It further instructed the Department of Defense to institute regulations prohibiting military personnel from engaging in law enforcement activities without the express authority of the Constitution or Congress.
Second, the FCC granted two enforcement complaints filed against a video provider carrying two broadcast stations without the stations' express authority.
Litigators in the United States might be disappointed to learn that like the rest of the world, very little discovery is generally permitted absent express authority in the arbitration clause.
To date, Congress has not given the FCC express authority to
Although the Securities & Exchange Commission has express authority to enforce securities laws against aiders and abettors, the Supreme Court has held that securities laws do not create an implied private cause of action for aiding and abetting.