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Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Business Transactions: Litigation Risks

July 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

When business transactions go bad – either because they fail on their own terms or they never reach the closing table – there are often recriminations, accusations of bad-faith conduct and threats of litigation. The parties negotiating these transactions are subject to certain standards of conduct which, if violated, give rise to liability. Various theories of liability exist, including breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, negligent or fraudulent misrepresentation, and interference with a business expectancy. This program will provide you with real-world guide to the standards of conduct governing the negotiation and execution of business transactions, the circumstances in which litigation and liability most commonly arise, and how to mitigate that risk when putting deals together for your clients.

Handout Materials will be emailed to you prior to the seminar
1.0 MCLE Credit Hours


• Sources of fiduciary standards in negotiating, drafting and closing business transactions
• How fiduciary standards are commonly breached in transactions
• Role of business torts, including negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation, interference with a business expectancy
• Risks of litigation and practical remedies – damages, rescission, specific performance
• Special duties in closely held businesses, including misappropriation of company opportunities


Thomas W. France, Venable, LLP – Tysons Corner, Virginia