Panama R. Co. v. Toppin - 252 U.S. 308 (1920)
U.S. Supreme Court
Panama R. Co. v. Toppin, 252 U.S. 308 (1920)
Panama Railroad Company v. Toppin, 252 U.S. 308 (1920)
Argued January 16, 1920
Decided March 15, 1920
252 U.S. 308
By the laws of Panama, a railroad company is liable for personal injuries resulting from the criminal negligence of its servant in running an engine at a rate prohibited by the Panama Police Code. P. 252 U. S. 310.
The rule of respondeat superior applies in Panama, in such cases, and due care in selecting the servant is not a defense for the railroad company. P. 252 U. S. 311.
250 F. 989 affirmed.
The case is stated in the opinion.