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Trial involving "Rebecca" producers and publicist begins in NYC

Fans of Alfred Hitchcock are drawn to his complex plots and fascinating characters. Now one of his best known movies, "Rebecca," has ended up in court in New York City, as the producers of a musical based on the movie are suing the show's form publicist for a number of business torts, including tortious interference with contract and defamation.

Short seller sued for defamation

Short selling is a common technique used by investors to reap a profit when they anticipate that the price of a given stock is going to drop. The short seller enters into contracts to sell large number of shares in the targeted corporation. And, when the price of the shares drop, the short seller fulfills its obligation to sell with shares that have been purchased at a price far below the sale price. This thus provides the short seller with a windfall profit. Richard Pearson, a well-known short-seller in New York City, was recently sued for libel by the target of a short sale that Pearson was pushing.

The fine line between a sales pitch and an economic tort

The whole business world in New York City, no matter the profession or the industry, revolves around negotiations. After all, negotiations lead to business or other deals, and these deals are how goods and services are exchanged and how the New York economy grows.

Other types of tortious interference

A recent post on this blog talked about tortious interference with a contract, which is a type of claim that a New York business can make, usually against another business, when the other business has engaged in some underhanded behavior in order to disrupt the first business contracts, either with a customer or a supplier.

Helping New York businesses protect their contracts

A recent post on this blog discussed the concept of "tortious interference" in the context of a hostile third party, likely a competitor, trying to disrupt the valid contracts of a New York business. As if simply trying to stay ahead of the competition isn't difficult enough, having to deal with an individual or business who resorts to underhanded and illegal methods of competition can exhaust the resources of a New York business orders and, in the worst cases, be financially devastating.