quasi-tort – when one who did not directly commit the wrong is liable, such as an employer for a tort committed by an employee

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1. A wrong for which a non-perpetrator is held responsible; a tort for which one who did not directly commit it can nonetheless be found liable, as when an employer is held liable for a tort committed by an employee. — Also spelled quasi tort [1]

Related Terms:

vicarious liability – liability that a supervisory party (i.e. an employer or principal) bears for the actionable conduct of a subordinate or associate (i.e. an employee or agent).

respondeat superior – the doctrine wherein liability is imposed on an employer for the acts of its employees committed in the course and scope of their employment, or on a principal for acts of their agent(s).


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4


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