Vanderbilt Law Review


Edwin R. Render

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Two cases decided during the survey period dealt with the existence or nonexistence of the agency relationship. While the agency relationship frequently arises out of contract, a contract is not necessary to the creation of authority in the agent. Consent of the principal is the basis of the agent's authority. Generally, the existence or non-existence of the agency relationship is a question of fact for the jury; but in the two cases to be discussed, Tennessee appellate courts reversed jury verdicts on the ground that there was no competent evidence in the record to support their findings... The other two cases to be discussed in this article are concerned with the vexatious and recurring problem of distinguishing between agents and independent contractors.

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