A business tort, also known as an economic tort, is a wrongful act against a business. In general, business torts refer to any unlawful act that prevents a business from operating in the manner it normally would. A tort can be intentional, accidental or in between. Common business torts include breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriations of trade secrets, tortious interference, civil theft, or misrepresentation. In each, some basic business principle, such as truthfulness, has been violated. Business torts and crimes are very complex. There are also many overlaps in cases that blur the lines with other areas of study. Our firm is detailed and through allowing the most important parts of the case to be pinpointed. These are some of the disputes we represent:
Any type of deceitful business practice that ends up causing a company or an individual economic lose is considered fraud. There are common types of fraud that you may fall under:
Any type of fraud is a very serious matter due to the outcome leading to not only losing a lot of money, but also ruining the reputation of the company.
A fiduciary is a person or entity in which one places a vast amount of trust in handling one’s assets and/or interest. Thus, when a fiduciary acts against the interests of the principal or for their own profit without the express consent of the principal, it may be met with serious litigious consequences.
Misappropriations of Trade Secrets is a cause of action for the misuse of trade secrets by a third person. This cause of actions usually arises through the theft or misuse of a company’s trade secrets or confidential information by an employee or third party through improper means.
Tortious interference happens when a third party to a business relationship or contract intentionally disrupts that relationship or contract. Tortious Interference can come in many different forms such as when an employee violates his or her non-compete or non-solicitation agreement, through the use of improper inducement or unfair methods of competition such as misappropriations of trade secrets or confidential information, when neighbors put up fake for sale signs to derail an auction of a neighbor’s condo unit, or when a person intentionally posts false information about a business to scare away customers.
Civil theft differs from criminal theft as it is a different type of lawsuit. Civil theft is when someone has unlawfully taken money or merchandize from a business. The victim of the crime, often referred to as the “injured” party, files a lawsuit in a civil court in the case of a civil theft suit. In the case that this plan of action is taken by the prosecuting party, the injured party is usually looking for monetary reimbursement for their damages. The prosecution may even be eligible to recover additional compensation to cover the cost of future security measures that will prevent theft from occurring in the future.
Conversion is an extension of Civil Theft. While in a civil theft lawsuit you have to opportunity to get your stolen property back, conversion means that the person who stole the property has or intends to used it for personal gain and not give it back. This could be permanently or for an indefinite amount of time. Under Florida law the elements of conversion are: (1) an act of dominion wrongfully asserted; (2) over another’s property; and (3) inconsistent with his ownership therein.
When your company is intentionally misled or deceived in a manner which results in harm being done to your business, it is likely that you will be entitled to collect financial and punitive damages for your losses.
Potential instances of fraud and misrepresentation, however, must be thoroughly investigated in order to provide the clear and compelling evidence necessary to win a judgement regarding these civil wrongs.
Defense of business tort/fraud claim requires an attorney which is experienced in complex business and employment legal matters and litigation and preferably an attorney who understands the nature of business and has a strong financial background. Here at the Campbell Law Group, we have experience in defending companies against business tort/fraud claims.
Our firm accepts cases from all over South Florida such as Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, Brickell, Edgewater, Doral and Wynwood, as well as cases in Broward and Palm Beach County, Tampa, Orlando and the rest of Florida.
The Campbell Law Group P.A.
Focuses its practice on corporate and family law matters.
While representing clients whether in civil, corporate or family law matters, our company’s primary goal is first to help clients minimize the need for unnecessary litigation and conflict where possible. If litigation is necessary, our company is more than capable of representing you or your business’ interest and helping you achieve a fair outcome, while guiding you, your family and your company through the difficulties involved in litigation.
Corporate and Family Law Attorney and
Collaborative Family Law Attorney
Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law – Hempstead, New York Juris Doctorate (2007)
Florida International University – Miami, Florida – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1998)
Florida Bar (2009)
United States District Court for the Southern District (2013), Middle (2015) and Northern Districts of Florida (2018)
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida (2015)
Member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute, Inc. (2017)
Regina is the Managing Partner of The Campbell Law Group based in Coral Gables, Florida. She is recognized for her unique insight, resourceful problem-solving skills and understanding of how legal issues affect people and companies differently.
One of Regina’s biggest passions is litigation. Regina and The Campbell Law Group PA have seen a great deal of success in prosecuting and litigating business fraud and ponzi schemes, tortious interference with a business relationship cases, non-compete cases, shareholder actions, complex divorce and post-divorce actions, especially cases with recalcitrant parties with a talent at hiding assets and/or avoiding support obligations amongst others causes of action.
Regina is fluent in both English and Spanish and has assisted businesses and families from over twenty countries with their business and family legal needs.