'Apparent Servants' and Making Appearances Matter: A Critique of Bagot v. Airport & Airline Taxi Cab Corporation

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Daniel S. Kleinberger

William Mitchell College of Law

Peter B. Knapp

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kleinberger, Daniel S. and Knapp, Peter B., 'Apparent Servants' and Making Appearances Matter: A Critique of Bagot v. Airport & Airline Taxi Cab Corporation (2002). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 4, p. 1527, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1527186

Daniel S. Kleinberger (Contact Author)

William Mitchell College of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

Peter B. Knapp

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

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