Business Torts Archives

How do you handle an ex-employee's false online allegations?

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.

Stranger cases have existed

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.

Can tortious interference apply to at-will contracts?

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.

Recourses for victims of fake news stories

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.