Conversion (law) - Persons Subject To Action

Persons Subject To Action

The owner of a partial interest in property may be liable for converting the same, where he wrongfully takes it out of the possession of another, or does some other act amounting to a conversion. The following are the typical defendants in an action in conversion:

  • Fraudulent takers and their transferees
  • Owner as possessor of land
  • Persons aiding and/or abetting in conversion
  • Public officers
  • An agent, even if he acts in good faith and in accordance with his instructions, if the principal is guilty of conversion
  • The principal when his agent's act of converting the property is committed within the scope of the agency
  • The owner of the property if he diminishes its value or sells or destroys it to the damage of a lienholder

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