VIII.A. Fundamentals of Vicarious Liability | Jonathan Zittrain | December 21, 2012


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VIII.A. Fundamentals of Vicarious Liability

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  1. 1 Show/Hide More Miller v. Reiman Wuerth Co.--"The Bank Errand Case"
    Original Creator: Jonathan Zittrain
    Can personal errands done during business hours fall under the scope of employment?
    A company employed a carpenter who was involved in a car accident with the plaintiff. At the time of the accident, the carpenter was returning back to a job site after running a personal errand. Earlier, a supervisor of the company had granted the carpenter permission to leave. The errand related solely to the carpenter’s finances and personal relationships.
  2. 2 Show/Hide More Christensen v. Swenson--"The Lunch Break Case"
    Original Creator: Jonathan Zittrain
    Is an employee acting within the scope of her employment during her lunch break?
    Plaintiff sued a security company and its employee (Swenson) for an automobile accident caused by the employee. The accident occurred while Swenson was on a break permitted by company policy. Swenson was returning from a lunch run to the only restaurant accessible within her break time. Besides a nearby vending machine or a bag lunch, there was no other source of food she could reach during her eight-hour shift without violating break policies.

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