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• In a case that will be of relevance to churches and denominations that conduct scouting programs, an Oregon court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America was not legally responsible for the alleged misconduct of a female scout leader who had engaged in frequent sexual activity with a 12-year-old boy. The boy later sued the scout leader as well as the national and local scouting organizations, claiming that the organizations were accountable on the basis of the "respondeat superior" doctrine (i.e., an organization generally is legally accountable for the misconduct of its agents committed within the scope of their employment) and not because of any independent negligence on their part. Whether or not the female scout leader was an agent of the Boy Scouts, the court concluded that her misconduct had not occurred within the scope of any employment relationship with the Boy Scouts since ...

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  • September 1, 1989

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