Friday, April 20, 2012

Inference from public nature of the act

Farm & Homes Savings &  Loan Ass'n of Mo. v. Stubbs, 98 S.W.2d 320, 334 (Mo. 1936) lays a sound foundation on which to build implied authority based on the principal's knowledge.

Knowledge need not be expressly shown. The act may have been so public or so closely related to the alleged principal that he could not be said to be ignorant of it. Where the acts are of such a nature and are so continuous as to justify a necessary inference that the principal knew of them if unauthorized, they become competent evidence of agency.

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