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Agent's Liability to His Principal for Injury Occasioned by Misconduct

The relation of the agent to his employer is such that he must never further his own personal interests by disobeying or exceeding his instructions. Any misconduct of the agent makes him personally liable to his principal for the damage occasioned. Among the legal textbooks announcing this principle we may quote from Story on Agency, Section 217: " Whenever an agent violates his duties or obligations to his principal, whether it be by exceeding his authority or by mere negligence or omission in the proper functions of his agency or in any other manner, and any loss or damage thereby falls on the principal, he is responsible therefore, and bound to make full indemnity."

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