Economic Harm Torts Posts
At today’s 95th Annual Meeting, members of The American Law Institute voted to approve Tentative Draft No. 3 of Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm. Today’s vote marks the completion of this project.
When is it a tort to interfere with somebody else’s contract? In this video, project Reporter Ward Farnsworth discusses the development of the tort of interference with economic interests since the Restatement Second of Torts.
Project Reporter Ward Farnsworth discusses economic loss in the Economic Harm Torts video below.
Economic Harm Torts Project Reporter Ward Farnsworth discusses interference with economic relationships in the video below.
At its meeting in Philadelphia on January 18 and 19, the Council reviewed drafts for several projects, with the following outcomes:
I consider a Restatement in general to be an exercise in harnessing collective wisdom, not the wisdom of a Reporter. It’s an attempt to gather the collective wisdom of the courts in this country on various difficult questions, and the collective wisdom of the bench, the bar, and the legal academy in making sense out of what the courts have said.
Alan Beaman has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to review his claim that Normal police inappropriately urged prosecutors to charge him with murder in the death of his former girlfriend, a charge the state later dismissed following his release from prison and exoneration.
In 2011, a group of executives left Horizon Health Corporation for a competitor, Acadia, but they didn’t leave everything behind. Horizon’s president took a “massive, massive amount” of Horizon documents with him on an external hard drive. And despite provisions in their contracts prohibiting them from soliciting Horizon’s employees, the executives recruited a key member of Horizon’s sales team, John Piechocki, who copied lists of sales leads and added them to his new company’s “master contact list.”
Texas Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Texas Recognizes A Tortious Interference With Inheritance ClaimDavid Fowler Johnson
In Anderson v. Archer, the trial court’s judgment awarded the plaintiffs $2.5 million in damages based on a tortious interference with inheritance claim. No. 03-13-00790-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 2165 (Tex. App.—Austin March 2, 2016, pet. granted). The defendants appealed and argued that Texas law does not recognize such a claim.
The emergence and evolution of the economic loss rule is the most important development of the past generation in the American common law of torts.