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Carter v. Reynolds

815 A.2d 460 (2003)

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Carter v. Reynolds

New Jersey Supreme Court

815 A.2d 460 (2003)

Facts

Alice Reynolds was employed by Stevens, Fluhr, Chismar, Alvino & Schechter, CPA (the firm) (defendants). Reynolds worked in the firm’s office and visited clients. Reynolds used her own car for travel and was reimbursed for mileage. One afternoon, Reynolds was traveling from a client location to her home when her car struck David Carter (plaintiff). Carter sued Reynolds for negligence and later added the firm as a defendant, alleging that Reynolds was in the scope of her employment when the accident occurred. The court granted the firm’s summary-judgment motion. Carter moved for reconsideration. The court found that Reynolds was acting within the scope of employment and granted partial summary judgment to Carter based on respondeat-superior liability. The appellate division affirmed. The firm was granted leave to appeal to the state supreme court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Long, J.)

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