Intentional Torts

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Attorney Fees in 75-1.1 Cases and Unwarranted Refusals to Settle

A party who shows a violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 can sometimes recover attorney fees under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-16.1(1). Section 75-16.1(1), however, imposes two substantive conditions on such a fee award...more

No Cause of Action for Wrongful Death by Suicide, Illinois Supreme Court Holds

In the closing days of the May term, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously declined an invitation to create a tort cause of action for wrongful death in cases where the decedent committed suicide. ...more

All “Intentional Tort” Claims By Employees May Now Be Uninsurable

On March 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a decision in Hoyle v. DTJ Enterprises, Inc., holding that an insurance provision that excludes coverage for acts committed with the “deliberate intent to injure an...more

Competition Act Tort Claims Still Viable: Fairhurst v Anglo American PLC

Can indirect purchasers claim damages in tort for breaches of the Competition Act? This was one of the issues before the British Columbia Supreme Court in Fairhurst v Anglo American PLC, 2014 BCSC 2270. Madam Justice Brown...more

10 Business-Related Torts to Master

If you handle business litigation matters, you need to be fluent in the most common business-related torts and their elements so you can spot the issues immediately—to either allege them or defend against them. Don’t feel...more

Attack on Citizens’ Bad Faith Immunity Receives a Chilly Reception at Florida Supreme Court

In 2002, the Florida Legislature created Citizens Property Insurance Company Corporation (Citizens) to make affordable insurance available to Florida citizens who were not otherwise able to obtain property insurance. In...more

Court Addresses Jurisdiction Over Alleged Tortious Internet Conduct

By dramatically lowering the cost of disseminating information, the internet has made it possible for companies to “cybersmear” their competitors before a large potential audience at very little cost. The internet also...more

Deliberate Intent: Beyond Workers’ Compensation and Into the Assets of Your Business

A recent November 2013 case from the North Carolina Court of Appeals provides the perfect opportunity to remember when your business or your supervisors can be held liable for workplace injuries....more

Insights - Spring 2013: Employment Law Update

In This Issue: - Ohio Intentional Tort Update - Criminal Background Checks and Federal Contractors - New Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations - I-9 Form Changes - Excerpt from Ohio Intentional Tort...more

Tort Claims for Interfering With Expected Inheritance Generally Not Barred After The Estate Closes

Friday morning, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court held that in most cases, a tort claim for intentional interference with testamentary expectancy is not subject to the six-month statute of limitations on will contests....more

Was That Really an “Accident”?: Northern District of California Reiterates What Constitutes an “Accident” Under a Commercial...

In Alco Iron & Metal Co. v. American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co., No. 11-5181 CW, 2012 WL 5878391 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 21, 2012), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary...more

Ontario Jury Awards Ex-Employee $1.4 Million For Mistreatment By Former Manager

In a cautionary tale for employers, a jury in Windsor, Ontario awarded $1.4 million in damages to a former Wal-Mart employee who alleged that she had been constructively dismissed after being subjected to intentional...more

Workplace Injuries: Intentional Tort Claims in Ohio Are (Nearly) Dead in the Water

The Ohio Supreme Court delivered another blow to injured workers who attempt to skirt Ohio's workers' compensation system by pursuing a remedy for their injuries in court. On the heels of another opinion1 narrowly...more

Ohio's Intentional Tort Statute Means What It Says

On November 20, 2012, in a reversal significant for Ohio employers with workplace injuries, the Ohio Supreme Court held, in Hewitt v. L.E. Myers, that an employee's failure to use, or the employer's failure to require an...more

Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Termination Claims Under Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act

In September of 2012, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held in Sipe v. STS Manufacturing., Inc. et al., No. A11-2082 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 25, 2012), that a wrongful termination claim under the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol...more

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