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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 3

A New York court upheld the validity of a state law making it a crime to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.

Key point 10-02. The doctrine of respondeat superior imposes vicarious liability on employers for the negligent acts of their employees committed within the scope of their employment.
Key point 10-11. A church may be legally responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for injuries resulting from a failure to exercise adequate supervision of its programs and activities.

Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A New York court upheld the validity of a state law making it a crime to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone. A woman was seen using a hand-held cell phone by a police officer who immediately pulled her over and issued her a ticket. The woman claimed that the New York "cell phone law" violates both the New York and United States Constitutions. Specifically, she claimed that the law was too vague, invaded the privacy of citizens, and violated the Constitution's ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • March 3, 2003

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