The Misrepresentation Economic Torts: Conclusion

Hazel Carty

in An Analysis of the Economic Torts

Second edition

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199546749
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594946 | DOI:
The Misrepresentation Economic Torts: Conclusion

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This chapter explores the potential future developments of the misrepresentation economic torts: deceit, malicious falsehood, and passing off. Deceit and its satellite actions — the action for bribery and the actions for dishonest assistance — though useful play a limited role in the legal control of economic activity. However, there are possible areas of expansion revealed for the torts of malicious falsehood and passing off that could edge the common law liability closer to a more generalised unfair competition action. This is particularly the case with the tort of passing off: either it could become a more generalised tort of commercial misrepresentation or even transform from a misrepresentation tort into one that protects valuable intangibles.

Keywords: passing off; malicious falsehood; deceit; bribery; dishonest assistance; unfair competition; commercial misrepresentation; valuable intangible

Chapter.  9906 words. 

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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