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An employee of my supplier constructed a realistic life size

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An employee of my supplier constructed a realistic life size effigy and hung it by the neck on my client's building when his payment was late. He wrote the names if my company and my client upon the effigy. My client then terminated the remainder of my contract, citing the effigy as a reason. Do I have a claim for loss of profit from my supplier? My supplier claims his employee was acting on his own behalf.
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Yes you do have an argument for loss of profit. The supplier is vicariously liable for the actings of his employee. Your claim would be for damages, assuming that your client was legally justified in terminating the contract of course.
The specific terms of the contract would have to be examined.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Just to clarify; the 'employee' was actually self-employed, I.e. A sub contractor to my supplier. Does that change things?
I don't want to go to court. Would it be an idea to offer a without prejudice settlement ?
Of the person was a sub contractor then the "employer" is not an employer and is not vicariously liable.
As far as settlement is concerned it is always better to try to reach a settlement that to litigate on the grounds of uncertainty and cost.
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