Docket No.: 01-1120 Topics:
Certiorari Granted: May 20 2002
Argued: December 3, 2002
Decided: January 22, 2003
Fair Housing, Civil Rights, Desegregation, EPA, Fair Housing Act, Natural Resources, Social Security Act, Title VII, antitrust, racial discrimination
PartyNames: and Designated Officer/Broker of Triad, Inc., etc. v. Emma Mary Ellen Holley, et vir, et al.
Petitioner: and Designated Officer/Broker of Triad, Inc., etc.
Respondent: Emma Mary Ellen Holley, et vir, et al.
Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: CA 9, 258 F.3d 1127. QUESTION PRESENTED Under well-established rules of agency law, an owner or corporate officer will notbe held vicariously liable for the torts of his corporation or its other agents, merely by virtue of his office. Rather, liability must be founded upon the owner's or officer'sown specific acts. The question presented here is whether, as held by the Ninth Circuit, the criteria under the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. § 3601, et seq.) are different, so that owners and officers of corporations are absolutely liable for an employee's or agent'sviolation of the Act, whether or not they personally directed, authorized, or were
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