A competitor hires away your key employee, who takes your client list to her new employer, and tries to recruit your other employees to go with her.
Someone posts false and disparaging comments about your business on the internet, causing you to lose customers.
A company that owes you a big debt transfers its assets to its insiders, to prevent you from collecting on a judgment.
Another company falsely represents that you were the source of its inferior and defective product.
BLF has represented many businesses and individuals in cases involving “business torts” like these.
“Business torts” include claims for unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual relations, conversion of property and other tort causes of action. Unfair competition claims may be based on various deceitful or fraudulent business practices, including falsely disparaging another business, false advertising, and similar acts. Misappropriation of trade secrets can occur when a business’s customer lists, proprietary formulas or methods, or other protected valuable information is taken without the business’ consent. Using false statements to intentionally interfere with someone else’s contract can give rise to a claim for tortious interference with contractual relations. Conversion is another word for stealing.
BLF’s business tort litigation practice demonstrates our creative approach to solving our clients’ problems – when the problem could not be solved using the established rules, we worked to expand and redefine the rules:
Impala Platinum Holdings Limited and Impala Refining Services Limited v. A-1 Specialty Services and Supplies, Inc., et al., (E.D. Pa. 2017). In this fraudulent transfer action, BLF obtained a $16 million jury verdict against the shareholder/officers of a closely-held corporation and its landlord. ... Read More
PNC v. Fifth Third Bank, et al. (N.D. IL, W. Div. 2014). BLF represented a financial institution asserting claims against former employees for breach of restrictive covenant and misappropriation of trade secrets. ... Read More
PNC Bank v. Superior Mortgage, et al. (E.D. Pa. 2012). In this misappropriation of trade secrets matter, BLF quickly obtained a Consent Order that required defendants to return all the misappropriated information. ... Read More
David Rudovsky and Leonard Sosnov v. West Publishing Corp. (E.D. Pa. 2011). In this defamation case, BLF obtained a total damages award of $5.18 million for our clients, after a legal publisher falsely represented they had authored substandard publications. ... Read More
Walnut Street Associates v. Brokerage Concepts (Pa. Supreme Ct. 2011). In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that truthful statements, even if made with intent to harm, cannot support a claim of tortious interference with contract. ... Read More
Leslie-Hughes v. McSweeney, (E.D. Pa. 2008). In this defamation case, BLF proved that our client was not the author of anonymous defamatory emails, and the action was dismissed. ... Read More
Cameron v. Monkey Joe's Big Nut Co. (N.J. Superior Ct. 2008). BLF won summary judgment to defeat this state court class action which claimed false advertising against a nut wholesaler. ... Read More