This Note will examine the court's decision in Yates v. New South Pizza. The Note will first address the facts of the case. Second, this Note will discuss the doctrines that affect the decision of the case. Third, this Note will discuss the enactment and purpose of the Uniform Contribution Among Tort-feasors Act. Fourth, this Note will analyze the Yates decision and its effect on the purpose of the Uniform Act. Fifth, this Note will explore the public policy behind the courts' ruling. Finally, this Note concludes that the Yates decision supports the equitable doctrine of respondeat superior by providing additional protection for injured plaintiffs from harsh common law rules while seeking compensation from an employee as well as the vicariously liable employer.
J. Elizabeth Spradlin, The Release Provision of the Uniform Contribution Among Tort-Feasors Act Applies to Vicarious Liability in the Master-Servant Context - Yates v. New South Pizza, Ltd., 15 Campbell L. Rev. 55 (1992).