Business & Tort Litigation
Business tort claims are business disputes that are not contract-based. They can arise in any commercial context and across all industries. Examples of classic business torts all involve wrongdoing in the business relationship: one party unfairly interferes with another’s business, a company engages in business practices that are unethical, oppressive or unscrupulous, a competitor spreads false rumors in the marketplace, or confidential information or trade secrets are misappropriated.
TLP’s business tort litigation attorneys have significant experience in formulating, prosecuting, and defending these claims, including fraud-related claims, such as fraudulent conveyance and fraudulent inducement to contract, slander, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade libel, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, tortious interference with prospective business relations, conversion and prima facie tort.
Our Strategic Approach
Business tort claims may be pled either by the plaintiff or by the defendant as a counterclaim. Because many jurisdictions allow attorneys’ fees and punitive damages to be paid to the prevailing party, certain business torts, such as fraud, can raise litigation stakes considerably and provide additional leverage to the party asserting the claim.
Despite their value and relevance, business tort claims are not always apparent. Determining their viability sometimes requires investigation, careful assessment of the facts, and knowledge of the underlying business. Our Business Tort Litigation team has a successful track record of developing sound case strategies and achieving favorable results for our clients in a timely and efficient manner.
Certain jurisdictions are hostile to parties who pursue both contract and business tort and fraud-based claims, so careful consideration must be given to the theory of the case. We take these factors into account in pleading and preparing our clients’ cases.