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respondeat superior

[respon′dē·at]
Etymology: L, let the master answer
the concept that an employer may be held liable for torts committed by employees acting within the scope of their employment.
A legal doctrine that holds an employer liable for an employee’s wrongful or negligent act

respondeat superior

Latin–let the master answer for the servant Medical malpractice A legal doctrine that holds an employer liable for an employee's wrongful or negligent act. See 'Captain of the ship. ', 'Deepest pockets', Malpractice.

res·pon·de·at su·pe·ri·or

(rē-spon'dē-ăt sŭ-pēr'ē-ŏr)
Legal doctrine that makes an employer responsible for an employee's action; sometimes called 'captain of the ship principle' or law of agency.
[L., let the superior take responsibility]

respondeat superior,

n a legal doctrine that passes the legal responsibility for acts or omissions of an employee to the employer.
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In 1933, an Ohio court held that respondent superior and negligent entrustment claims are not inconsistent and that the admission of agency in such a case does not banish the theory that the defendant knowingly entrusted the operation of his car to an incompetent driver.
Cartwright, the cross-plaintiff raised counts of negligence, respondent superior, and negligent entrustment.
The act also allows a doctrine of respondent superior that usually applies in employee-employer situations: If an act or omission is proven, a nonprofit organization may be liable even though the volunteer is not.
Regardless, under the legal principle of respondent superior, (i.
The company wishes to clarify that RSM International, while named as a defendant on a respondent superior theory of liability, is not alleged to be part of the RICO conspiracy described in the complaint Star Energy filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.