Tort Liability in Agency Relationships: Definition & Law


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What does the doctrine of respondeat superior allow for?

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1. Pat hires Bob to be a bouncer at his nightclub. A patron starts a fight one night while Bob is working, and Bob tosses the patron out the door. Unfortunately, the patron landed on his head and died. What is the likely legal result?

2. Parker hires Lenny to be a limousine driver for his company. While working one night, Lenny starts a fight with a passenger. Lenny pulls out a knife and threatens to stab the passenger. What is the likely legal result?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Business transactions typically occur within a principal/agent relationship. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the liability that can occur in an agency relationship. You'll be tested on areas that include direct and indirect liability under tort laws and the doctrine of respondeat superior.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of tort liability in agency relationships:

  • Ways in which a principal can be liable
  • Requirements regarding the doctrine of respondeat superior
  • Practical examples of respondeat superior in action

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of respondeat superior
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve liability fact patterns
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding tort law liability and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding tort liability in an agency relationship
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the requirements under the doctrine of respondeat superior

Additional Learning

To learn more about how principals can be liable for actions of an agent, review the accompanying lesson on Tort Liability in Agency Relationships: Definition & Law. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • How agency relationships form
  • Ways in which principals can be liable for actions of agents
  • Doctrine of respondeat superior and its requirements
  • Court cases involving the doctrine