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Hunter Mining Labs., Inc. v. Management Assistance case brief summary
Hunter Mining Labs., Inc. v. Management Assistance (Nevada 1988) [Control/Franchises]
§ MAI (a manufacturer of computers) had dealership agreements with Hubco and Data Doctors (which sold its products)
§ The agreement required the dealers to, inter alia, maintain appropriate premises, inform Mai of changes in management, and to submit monthly reports.
§ MAI reserved the right to refused to sell to either if they didn’t meet certain credit standards.
§ Data Doctors and Hubco were NOT agents of MAI
· MAI did NOT CONTROL the DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS of either DD or Hubco.
§ In an agency relationship, the principal possess the right to control the agent’s conduct. Restatement (Second) of Agency § 14. This principle of agency, however, does not mean that an agency relationship exists every time one party has a contractual right to control some aspect of another party’s business.
§ Only when a manufacturer controls the day to day or operative details of the dealer’s business is an agency potentially created
§ Another essential element of agency missing in this case is a fiduciary obligation on the part of the alleged agents to “act primarily for the benefit of MAI in matters connected with their undertaking.”
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