Sometimes businesses and their stakeholders act wrongfully in seeking to advance their interests and / or harm competitors. There are often reports of the “dirty tricks” used by those in business to seek to destroy, defeat or diminish the effectiveness of a competitor.
These are often unethical tactics, but sometimes such conduct is also wrongful and has been recognized by the common law as actionable in the courts for damages or injunctive or other urgent equitable relief, or prohibited by a statute which provides for a civil monetary remedy or grounds for an injunction.
These causes of action have been recognized and provide the basis of lawsuits for harm, loss and damage, and in suitable circumstances, grounds for an immediate injunction or mandatory order prohibiting the further commission of the wrongful acts.
In short, wrongful intentional acts causing harm, loss or damage to businesses or their stakeholders may give rise to a cause of action in common law business torts (the so-called economic torts). Such activity, if unlawful under statute, may also give rise to statutory civil remedies for the victim, including a statutory civil cause of action or grounds for injunctive relief to be granted by the courts.
The common law business tort causes of action include:
Intentional Interference with Economic Interests
Interference with Economic Relations by Unlawful Means
Inducement of Breach of Contract
Conspiracy to Cause Harm (civil conspiracy)
Conspiracy to Commit Wrongful Act Likely to Cause Harm (civil conspiracy)
Intimidation, Extortion and Abuse of Process (civil)
Passing Off (common law infringement of trademark)
Appropriation of Personality
Defamation (civil) and Slander of Title
Statutory Civil Remedies include:
Remedies under the Competition Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-34, Trade-marks Act R.S.C., 1985, c. T-13 and the Copyright Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42
We refer you to our related webpages on Injunctions and Mandatory Orders, Defamation, Online Defamation / Cyber Libel, Website Copying, Trademark and Copyright Infringement, Counterfeit Luxury Goods and Business Disputes.
If you consider that you or your business have been the victim of such recent wrongful conduct and have, or will, suffer harm from such conduct or continued conduct, please contact us on 416 979 2020 to arrange an initial consultation. Do not delay in seeking competent legal advice.