Business Torts provides extensive coverage of a variety of issues relating to important business torts, such as breach of fiduciary duty, including directors' and officers' liability; unjust dismissal; actions involving employment covenants not to compete; commercial defamation; deceptive advertising; interference with contract relations, prospective advantage, lawful business, and employment relations; trade secret misappropriation; antitrust violations; private RICO actions in the commercial context; trademark, copyright, and patent infringement; products liability; lender liability; liability for environmental impairment; and premises liability. It further provides guidance on obtaining insurance coverage for business torts through endorsements to comprehensive general liability policies or through separate, specialized policies. Click the chapter links below to learn more, and purchase by chapter.
Chapter 1: Introduction
This introductory chapter of Business Torts provides an overview of the organization of this four-volume treatise on "business torts," a term which describes a variety of torts that impose liability in the business or economic setting. Business torts are the product of centuries of common law development and generally focus on competitive interests.
Chapter 2: Breach of Fiduciary Duty
This chapter of Business Torts discusses the fiduciary duty owed to the corporation by its directors and officers. The fiduciary relationship imposes the duty to manage the affairs of the corporation in the best interests of the corporation and its shareholders.
Chapter 3: Wrongful Discharge
This chapter of Business Torts discusses the tort of wrongful discharge. The chapter provides a history of the employment-at-will doctrine, discusses exceptions to the doctrine, and contains a state-by-state analysis of these exceptions.
Chapter 4: Employment Covenants Not To Compete
This chapter of Business Torts discusses employment covenants not to compete, which are contractual agreements in which employees expressly agree to refrain from activities that compete directly or indirectly with their employers.
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