Law 252 - Business Torts

Harry Mittleman

Harry Mittleman

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Princeton, 1991
J.D. Harvard, 1994
UCLA Faculty Since 2008
Course Description:

Business Torts is a two-unit course that covers the commercial tort claims most frequently asserted in business litigation. Unlike the first-year torts class, which focuses on conduct causing physical injury or damage to property, the focus of Business Torts is conduct causing economic harm. Topics include unfair competition, fraud, interference with contract and economic advantage, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret misappropriation, trade libel and false advertising, professional malpractice, and misuse of judicial process.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. advise clients on the risks that certain contemplated business actions may create tort liability;

2. advise clients on the potential tort claims they might have against others in a commercial setting; 

3. interpret and apply case law, statutes and regulations to determine how a court might resolve a business torts dispute;

4. understand and critique the competing policy interests that courts consider in order to maintain the boundary between contract and tort law.

Business & Tax Law;