ostensible authority

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ostensible authority

The illusion of having the authority to act as an agent on behalf of a principal.It can be created because the agent gives that impression and the principal does nothing to correct the misperception,or because the principal itself creates that impression in others. Either way, the principal will be bound by the actions of the agent if a court finds that ostensible authority existed.

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American Way appealed, arguing that A&J was an actual or ostensible agent of Travelers.
Baylor Health Care System, the defendants were the primary obstetrician who provided prenatal services, his partner who was covering his shift when the baby was delivered, and an obstetrical resident (the ostensible agent of the hospital) who wrote the orders admitting the mother to the hospital and to labor and delivery.
A Pennsylvania appellate court similarly reversed a grant of summary judgment in favor of an IPA-model HMO in a case alleging that the HMO's contracting physicians were its ostensible agents.
Pinebrook's employees, agents, servants, and ostensible agents knew and were aware that Mary was not capable of lifting her feet during wheelchair transports.
ISSUE: Hospital Administrators, as well as their insurers and legal representatives should be keenly aware that by settling a claim against it, the hospital has not extended the statute of limitations for seeking indemnity from doctors who are apparent or ostensible agents as well as other parties who might also be responsible for the injury or death involved.
Durante and Allen were ostensible agents of the Plan and Group, and that Dr.