Discuss the liability of the employee and Billy’s bike shop for the injuries to the child. Be sure to fully articulate all applicable legal principles, identifying the facts provided—or needed—to apply the law to the facts so as to justify your conclusion.
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Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, an employer is legally responsible for the actions of its employee provided that the employee was acting within the scope of employment. This implies that even though the employee made the decision to go home for lunch (which may not be within the scope of employment) while on the test drive, his employer is responsible because the accident occurred while he was going back to the shop....