A little healthy competition never hurt anybody, right?
Malicious prosecution is something most people think about in terms of criminal charges and out-of-control prosecutors -- but it's also used to describe the actions of private individuals or companies as well.
What's the difference between a healthy competition between rival companies and an unfair business practice called tortious interference?
Are restraints of trade legal?
Did a realtor conspire with a number of businesses across the nation to cheat home buyers out of sizable down payments and the homes they thought they were buying?
How easy would it be for one disgruntled former employee to destroy your reputation? Ten or 20 years ago, an angry ex-employee's outburst on the local scene might create a momentary stir, but little more. Only someone with real influence could do any significant damage.
Employees can expect to give up certain rights to privacy that others take for granted. They are not entitled to the same rights of privacy while they are work as they are when they are off the clock.
Occasionally a person with a problem thinks "maybe I should consult an attorney." The person considers his or her circumstances, and then decides the problem is too strange or embarrassing to be shared with an attorney. Lawyers, however, are no stranger to the bizarre. Here are merely two examples of real tort cases. Please note that while these are real cases, this law firm was not directly involved with either of them; for reasons of confidentiality, real cases handled by this firm cannot be discussed on this blog.
An at-will contract is one in which the client is free to end the relationship at any time without penalty. This contrasts with a long-term contract. Leases, for example, are typically long-term contracts. A contract with a cleaning company, however, may be an at-will contract; the business contracting with the cleaning company is free to stop using cleaning company A and start using cleaning company B at any time. Yet tortious interference can still apply to at-will contracts.
It was not that long ago that people depended on printed newspapers to learn about happenings in the world around them. As the world began to go digital, many legitimate newspapers and magazines made the switch, allowing commuters to scan headlines on their tablets and smart phones as opposed to relying on physical papers. As people come to rely less on legitimate news sources and more on social media however, a spate of fake news stories has begun wrecking havoc on both individuals and businesses.