Practice Area

Business Torts and Statutory Causes of Action


Contracts are an essential part of business, but contracts alone do not always define the rights and obligations between the parties to a business relationship. Under certain circumstances, so-called “business torts” and statutory causes of action may also create a basis for liability.

Business torts may take various forms, but their primary purpose is generally to redress harms or injuries that are not covered by contract. Some examples of business torts include:

  • Negligence
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Unfair Competition
  • False Advertising
  • False Designation of Origin
  • Fraud
  • Commercial disparagement
  • Defamation – Libel and Slander

Similarly, legislation, such as Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, the federal RICO statute, and the state and federal fraudulent conveyance statutes, also are commonly invoked in the context of business relationships.

Experienced Business Tort Defense Lawyers

Houston Harbaugh, P.C., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has substantial experience representing clients in business tort litigation. Our lawyers have represented companies, as well as their directors, officers and employees, in numerous cases involving business torts. These torts have arisen out of a wide range of business dealings and relationships that have included intellectual property transactions, real estate ventures, insurance agreements and various other types of commercial dealings involving businesses.

For more information, call 412-281-5060 or send our litigation attorneys an e-mail by completing the contact form on this website.