Common Law Business Torts in Virginia (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 05/31/2023


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the April 2020 webcast, Common Law Business Torts in Virginia.

Topics Covered

There’s often more to a business dispute than just a contract claim.

  • Learn about the tort-based claims that can arise between business parties
  • Understand the elements of each cause of action
  • Just because you can doesn’t mean you should: Know when, and when not, to make these claims

Think of a “business dispute,” and almost inevitably you first will think of a claim based on breach of contract. Yet many times the facts may give rise to separate tort claims, and several of these tort claims may be available absent any contractual relationship.  Within the broad category of Business Torts are both common law and statutory claims under Virginia law.  Understanding how to assert these tort claims is a skill every business lawyer and litigator should possess.

This seminar will help provide that understanding, addressing, among other matters, the following causes of action:

  • Common law and statutory business conspiracy
  • Fraud
  • Defamation
  • Tortious interference with contractual relations and business expectancies
  • Oppression of minority shareholders
  • Infliction of emotional distress
  • Assault and battery
  • Employer liability for employee actions

Using the “Common Law Torts” chapter from our Virginia Business Torts (2019 edition) publication, and the “Tort Actions” chapter from our Employment Law (2020 edition) publication, our speakers will cover procedural aspects, elements of proof, and available damages for each claim.

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Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, PC / Reston
Elaine Charlson Bredehoft is the founder of Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, PC, in Reston, Virginia.  She practices civil litigation, with an emphasis in employment and business law, primarily in Virginia and D.C. federal and state courts.  Ms. Bredehoft has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Litigation Counsel of America, and has been recognized by many area publications as one of the top lawyers in Virginia and in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  Ms. Bredehoft is a frequent lecturer at CLEs and bar association–sponsored seminars.

Adam S. Nadelhaft, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, PC / Reston
Adam S. Nadelhaft, of Silver Spring, Maryland, joined Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, PC, in August 2018. He handles a variety of employment and labor matters involving business tort and contract claims, as well as employment discrimination, retaliation, and trade secret claims. Mr. Nadelhaft is also an expert in e-discovery and social media. Prior to joining Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, he practiced litigation at Winston & Strawn LLP, where he handled complex litigation issues, including antitrust litigation, false advertising litigation, products liability claims, trade secret and unfair competition litigation, and white-collar criminal proceedings. Mr. Nadelhaft has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington, DC Rising Star in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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