West Palm Beach Business Torts Attorney
The West Palm Beach business tort attorneys at Kelley, Fulton & Kaplan have significant experience representing South Florida businesses in business tort matters, such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and interference with a business relationship. Business torts often involve your business’s reputation and ability to do business smoothly, efficiently, and profitably. We understand how potentially jeopardizing these issues can be and work with determination and focus to resolve them quickly. As we always say—as your attorney, our job is not to tell you that you have a problem but to find your solution, and that’s no different for business torts, no matter how complex or sensitive.
Types of Business Tort Cases We Handle
Business torts (sometimes called “economic torts”) are wrongful acts committed against a business, causing some kind of financial loss. The loss may occur immediately or be likely to occur in the future. Likewise, business torts may be committed intentionally, or the loss may be due to another party’s negligence or recklessness in some cases. The Florida laws and case law covering business torts allow businesses that suffer such a financial loss to seek monetary damages in civil court. Some examples of business torts include:
- Fraud – If one party makes a false or misleading statement to induce another party into a contract or other business transaction, the party harmed as a result may sue for fraudulent misrepresentation. Fraud claims may be based on an intentional or reckless misrepresentation.
- Breach of fiduciary duty – A breach of fiduciary duty occurs when one party has an obligation to act in the best interest of another party but acts contrary to that duty. Examples of fiduciary relationships include business partners to one another and board members to shareholders.
- Unfair competition – Two common examples of unfair competition are trademark infringement and misappropriation. Other practices falling into the area of unfair competition include false advertising, use of confidential information by former employees, and theft of trade secrets.
- Interference with a business relationship – Interference with a business relationship occurs when there is a business relationship or contract (or a potential business relationship or contract), and a third party, who knows about the relationship, intentionally disrupts that relationship.
These are just some of the most common business torts. There may be other circumstances giving rise to a business tort lawsuit, so long as one party alleges economic harm as the result of another party’s statements or actions. At Kelley, Fulton & Kaplan, we have experience representing businesses on both sides of the aisle—plaintiffs and defendants—in business torts cases. Call us if you are the victim of a business tort or have been accused of committing a business tort.
Contact Our West Palm Beach Business Torts Attorneys for More Information
Being involved in a business tort situation is stressful, and you’re likely worried about its impact on your overall business operations. Our West Palm Beach business torts attorneys can help you resolve the situation as quickly as possible and protect your business interests.