General v. Special Agent
· General agent
o Authorized to conduct a series of transactions involving continuity of service. Restatement (Second) of Agency § 3(1).
§ Does not require “fresh authorization” for each transaction
· Special agent
o Authorized to conduct a single transaction or series of transactions not involving continuity of service. Restatement (Second) of Agency § 3(2).§ A special agent can only bind undisclosed principals to contracts made by the agent with a third party within the scope of the agent’s authority. (Third-parties are more limited in holding a principal liable for the actions of a special agent than the actions of a general agent)