Types of Secondary Liability

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Secondary liability is also referred to as indirect infringement. It is best defined as a legal obligation, forcing an individual to assume responsibility for another person’s act or behavior. Examples of secondary liabilities include principle liability, employers’ liability and parental liability. There are several other types as well, such as ecclesiastical corporation liability, enterprise liability, and much more; but these cases are generally infrequent and more complex.

The more common types of secondary liability are contributory liability and vicarious liability. These are the primary cases of secondary liability seen in courts today. No matter which type of secondary liability case in question, the underlying factor for each is indirect infringement. Continue reading to learn more about vicarious and contributory liabilities, and where to find professional legal counsel you can trust.

Vicarious Liability

You will find vicarious liability under respondeat superior doctrine, under common law. It decrees the legal responsibilities of any person in a superior role, such as leaders, executives, managers, supervisors, bosses, directors, whole corporations, companies, and more. It makes clear that they are legally responsible for the actions of their teams or employees. An example of a vicarious liability case would be if a parent or guardian fails to properly supervise their child, allowing the child to access the home’s handgun and accidentally shooting and injuring another person. The parents would be held legally accountable for their child’s actions, as well as, the victim’s damages.

Contributory Liability

Contributory liability holds a third party legally responsible for anothers actions, even though they were not actually committing an infringement directly. If a person has knowledge of, benefits from, enables, contributes, or influences another person’s transgression, they too can be held legally responsible under contributory liability. An example of contributory infringement would be if someone loans another person a gun, and that person uses the gun to commit a crime, the loaner of the gun can be held legally responsible for the infringements involving the gun under contributory liability.

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