Business Torts and Unfair Competition

The first year course in Tort Law introduced the role of tort doctrines, such as intentional interference with protected legal interests, negligent breach of duty, strict liability and nuisance in the context of individuals suffering injury to their person or property as a proximate result of this tortious activity. In Business Torts and Unfair Competition we will examine the range of ways in which tortious conduct proximately results in a variety of economic harms: misrepresentation, tortious interference with economic relationships, bad faith breach of contract, deceptive marketing, commercial disparagement and others. Upon completion, students will be able to identify factual scenarios arising in business contexts giving rise to potential tort liability, to have a basic understanding of how to counsel clients with regard to avoiding tortious conduct or responding to it, and an understanding of appropriate remedies for economic harms.