ostensible agent


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ostensible agent

n. a person who has been given the appearance of being an employee or acting (an agent) for another (principal), which would make anyone dealing with the ostensible agent reasonably believe he/she was an employee or agent. This could include giving the ostensible agent stationery or forms of the company, letting him/her use the company truck, telephone, or desk in the company office. Businesses should be careful not to allow such situations in which an ostensible agent could bind the business on a contract or make the apparent employer responsible for damages for an accident, libel or assault by the "agent." (See: apparent authority, ostensible authority)

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(5) The relevant legal doctrines include respondeat superior (Latin: "let the master answer") and ostensible agent (a person given the appearance of being an employee).
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Einstein Medical Center, wherein the HMO's independent contract provider was found to be an ostensible agent of the HMO.
However, most states recognize exceptions to the rule in cases in which the doctrine of 'apparent agency' or 'ostensible agent' is applicable
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