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Unfair Business Practices

This blog focuses on unfair business and trade practices such as business conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets and other proprietary information, fraud, tortious interference with contracts and other unfair business practices that are not neatly defined. Since we are located in Tysons Corner, Virginia, many of the cases discussed will come from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia courts. We hope the reader finds this blog instructive.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Private Regulation of Business Competition Through State Statutes and Common Law Theories

The news lately is peppered by the federal governments' (lack of?) regulation of businesses, but how do state statutes and the common law regulate businesses? That is the question addressed in the article The Use of State Statutes and Common Law Tort Theories to Regulate Business Conduct which can be found here.

The article "examine[s] how differences in state law can shape and influence what constitutes the appropriate bounds of business competition in a particular state." It focuses on the common law claims of intentional interference with contract or business expectancy and certain state statutory private rights of actions, such as the Massachusetts' Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Statute, North Carolina's unfair methods of competition statute or "little FTC act", and Virginia's statutory business conspiracy statute.


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