'Apparent Servants' and Making Appearances Matter: A Critique of Bagot v. Airport & Airline Taxi Cab Corporation
17 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2009 Last revised: 30 Jan 2010
Date Written: 2002
Ordinarily simple questions of apparent authority and respondeat superior liability become complicated when the tortfeasor drives a taxi cab leased from a company whose distinctive trade dress and phone number give the impression cabs are driven by company employee. This article dissects applicable doctrine on the way to critiquing an unfortunate decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Keywords: agency law, apparent authority, Bagot, taxi cab, apparent servant, respondeat superior, employee, servant, master, employer, torts
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