respondeat superior(redirected from Respondent superior)
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respondeat superiorOne of the many methods of finding someone vicariously liable for the wrongful actions of another.It is the legal theory that an employer is responsible for the negligent or wrongful acts of its employees performed within the line and scope of their employment,and a principal is responsible for the negligent or wrongful acts of its agent performed within the line and scope of its agency.It is not a theory of contract law—meaning who has authority to bind whom— but rather a theory of tort law and injuries to persons or property.It is extremely rare to find a case in which a property owner has been held liable for the wrongful conduct of its broker.More often, brokers have been accountable for actions of their salespersons.
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