Business Tort and Criminal Liability

Purpose of Assignment

Business Tort and Criminal Liability Presentation (Taxicab Scenario)

Why do businesses enter into agency relationships and hire independent contractors instead of employees. Is it simply cost? Is it a question of liability, or is it a combination of the two? As you approach this week’s assignment, consider these questions and think about how they impact risk and what factors in that business create the most risk for the employees and executives. Is it always the same?

Assignment Steps

Resources: Legal Environment of Business: Online Commerce, Business Ethics, and Global Issues:Ch. 5, Ch. 6 and Ch. 7

Create a 3 slides Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, including detailed speaker notes ( and reference slide). discuss at least 2 business torts and 2 criminal activities that businesses deal with. Cite a minimum of two scholarly references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.


One evening, Melissa Smith stood outside her downtown hotel,
hailing a cab. The driver of an ABC Taxi, Max Speed, came to a screeching
halt at the curb. Ms. Smith opened the rear door of the taxi and began to
climb inside. As she climbed inside, Ms. Smith placed her right hand on
the roof of the car where the top of the door would close. Suddenly, the
cab driver accelerated, causing the rear door to slam shut onto Ms. Smith’s
hand. Ms. Smith suffered broken bones in her right hand and wrist.
She also suffered a neck injury as she was thrown against the back seat when
the taxi lurched forward. Mr. Speed later explained that he accelerated
suddenly to avoid being struck by a shuttle bus, which he thought was about to
collide with the taxi when he saw it approaching very rapidly in his rearview

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