Trade Disparagement

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Your Business Has Rights.

A cause of action exists in Pennsylvania for the defamation of a partnership, corporation, or non-profit entity. A corporate entity is treated as a “person” for purposes of civil actions. Moreover, a business has an obvious stake in protecting its name and goodwill. Likewise, the courts protect a business’s name from the malicious and damaging statements made by a competitor or otherwise.

There are at least two different types of trade disparagement. The first involves the defamation of a business’s name through a statement that the business is corrupt, or unlawful, or otherwise not a trustworthy or reliable source of goods or services.

The second type of trade disparagement pertains to the title of another’s interest in goods or property. Here, the courts have adopted the Restatement, Second, Torts § 647 (1977).

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