Respondeat Superior


Definition of "Respondeat superior"

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Sandra Walker Payne, Real Estate Agent Goode Realty, Llc

Latin for "Let the superior reply." That is, an employer is liable for the torts of employees that result from their employment. For example, an insurance company (the master) acts through its agent (servant); because of this master-servant relationship, any wrongs the agent commits are deemed to have been committed by the insurance company, which must accept responsibility.

 

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