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Liability for Agent’s Intentional Torts

15 January, 2016 - 09:35

In the nineteenth century, a principal was rarely held liable for intentional wrongdoing by the agent if the principal did not command the act complained of. The thought was that one could never infer authority to commit a willfully wrongful act. Today, liability for intentional torts is imputed to the principal if the agent is acting to further the principal’s business. See the very disturbing Lyon v. Carey in Employer’s Liability for Employee’s Intentional Torts: Scope of Employment .