Employers' Liability For Employee Negligence

Law360, New York (July 11, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT) -- It was not uncommon in past years for attorneys representing employers to admit — yes, admit — vicarious liability for the negligence of their employees, particularly employees involved in auto accidents on the job. The idea was that, by admitting the employer was vicariously liable for their employee, any evidence that the employer was negligent in hiring the employee (or entrusting the employee to drive on the job) became irrelevant. You cannot hit the employer twice for the same wrong.

That practice was thrown into a...
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