STRATEGIC ADVOCACY FOR BUSINESS DISPUTES – TORONTO BUSINESS LITIGATION LAWYERS
Business torts, sometimes described as economic torts, comprise a wide variety of recognized actionable intentional conduct that causes its intended victim economic harm.
Sometimes businesses and their stakeholders act wrongfully in seeking to advance their interests and / or harm competitors. Some acts involve direct interference with the business affairs of the victim, while other acts are aimed at causing the victim harm through the induced innocent actions of a third party. Some wrongdoers act alone, while in other instances, a group agrees to carry out acts likely to cause harm. Some wrongful acts arise from the use of property, including intellectual property, of a competitor.
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 (economic torts). Such activity, if unlawful under statute, may provide the victim with statutory civil remedies, including a statutory civil cause of action or grounds for injunctive relief.
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.
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
- Conspiracy to Commit Wrongful Act Likely to Cause Harm
- Intimidation, Extortion and Abuse of Process
- Passing Off (Common Law Infringement of Trademark)
- Appropriation of Personality
- Defamation 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
- Copyright Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42
Some conduct, where there is, or will be irreparable harm caused by the continuation of such conduct, warrants the court granting urgent remedies such as injunctions and mandatory orders. We have experience in acting for those seeking, or responding to urgent equitable remedies of this kind.
If you are the victim of wrongful acts in business, please contact Gilbertson Davis LLP for an initial consultation.
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