Our Business Torts attorneys have an established record of successfully resolving a wide variety of tort-based business disputes.
A business tort is a wrongful act against a business entity or its principals. The harm tends to be financial and can be quantified financially or give rise to equitable remedies such as injunctive relief, seizure of assets or specific performance. Today, the business tort seems to be increasingly intentional misconduct, but can also arise from negligent or reckless conduct.
Claims are typically cast as breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, defamation, disclosure of confidential information, embezzlement, employee disloyalty, fraud, fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation, interference with contractual relations, professional misconduct, trespass, theft of trade secrets, trade libel and unfair competition.
These matters can be investigated and initiated through litigation, arbitration or negotiation. Some cases may also warrant a referral to law enforcement, depending on the acts at issue, their severity and consequences. Our attorneys have seen these cases in bet-the-company, complex disputes; disagreements arising from the purchase or sale of a business; improper actions by employees, shareholders, partners, disgruntled activists, competitors and government regulators; business transactions, contract breaches and technology disputes; breakdowns in internal controls; and workplace investigations. We also assess and address the collateral impacts of the misconduct and the dispute—including customer or shareholder relations, public opinion and government oversight.
Our cumulative experience and cross-firm knowledge allow us to successfully represent businesses across many industries and professions, furthering the best interests of our clients.