Joint Enterprise [Tort] Law and Legal Definition
Joint enterprise means pursuit of an undertaking by two or more persons having a community of interests in the objects and purposes of the undertaking, and an equal right to direct and govern the movements and conduct of each other.
It is a term pertinent in the law of imputed negligence. Where persons are engaged in a common or joint enterprise and each has an equal right to direct and control the conduct of the others with respect to the acts or omissions which contributed to cause the injury, the negligence of one of such persons is imputed to each of the others. [Sizemore v. Hall, 148 Kan. 233 (Kan. 1938)]
Parties cannot be said to be engaged in a joint enterprise, within the meaning of the law of negligence, unless there be a community of interests in the objects or purposes of the undertaking, and an equal right to direct and govern the movements and conduct of each other with respect thereto. Each must have some voice and right to be heard in its control and management. [St. Louis & S. F. R. Co. v. Bell, 58 Okla. 84 (Okla. 1916)]