Agency: Ostensible

Glover v. Cranford/St. Paul Guardian/State Fund/UEF [4/12/02] 2002 MTWCC 22 Under Montana law, an "ostensible agency is created when the principal intentionally or by want of ordinary care causes a third person to believe another to be his agent who is not really employed by him." Youderian Const., Inc. v. Hall, 285 Mont. 1, 7, 945 P.2d 909, 912 (1997), citing 28-10-103, MCA. "Ostensible authority is that which a principal, intentionally or by want of ordinary care, causes or allows a third person to believe the agent to possess." Youderian, 285 Mont. at 8, 945 P.2d at 913.
Glover v. Cranford/St. Paul Guardian/State Fund/UEF [4/12/02] 2002 MTWCC 22 Where the purported principal makes no representation and takes no action which would lead a reasonable person to believe that it is in a joint venture with an individual who is attempting to subcontract for the salvage of a building, and the subcontract is extended without the belief that the subcontractor is acting on behalf of the alleged principal, the subcontractor is not an ostensible agent of the one alleged to be a principal.