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What is the law in the state of Florida when the county administrator

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What is the law in the state of Florida when the county administrator knowingly misleads the county commission and the public in a written report and the false information is used to keep a private business from obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate in that county.
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Are you alleging that the county commissioner knowingly mislead the county commission and public in order to wrongfully deny the private business from obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity to operate in the county?

Has it been determined that the county administrator did knowingly mislead the commission and the public? If not, is that capable of being proven?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

the county administrator is misleading the county commission and the public in order to deny a private business from obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity.

Hello Thomas,

Thank you for the additional information. I am looking into this for you and will get back to you shortly.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i believe it can be proven.

Hello Thomas,

I can see there being a few causes of action against the county administrator that could be maintained. First among these is:

Tortious interference, which can be made out if you can prove these statements were made with the intention of interfering with your business.

To sufficiently state a claim under tortious interference with an advantageous business relationship, the claimant must plead four elements:

1) the existence of a business relationship, not necessarily evidenced by an enforceable contract, under which plaintiff has legal rights;

2) knowledge of the relationship on the part of the defendant;
an intentional

3) and unjustified interference with that relationship by the defendant;

4) and damage to the plaintiff as a result of the interference.

Palm Beach Cnty. Health Care Dist. v. Prof'l Med. Educ., Inc., 13 So.3d 1090, 1094 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009).
Tardif v. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 160 Lab.Cas. P 61065, (M.D. Fla. 2010) (Case No. 2:09-cv-537-FtM-29SPC).


Negligent and/or Intentional Misrepresentation

which is made out below:

1) There was a misrepresentation of material fact;

(2) the representer either knew of the misrepresentation, made the misrepresentation without knowledge of its truth or falsity, or should have known the representation was false;

(3) the representer intended to induce another to act on the misrepresentation; and

(4) injury resulted to a party acting in justifiable reliance upon the misrepresentation. Baggett v. Elecs. Local 915 Credit Union, 620 So.2d 784, 786 (Fla. 2d DCA 1993). With respect to negligent misrepresentation claims, justifiable reliance on the misrepresentation is a required element. Tardif v. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 160 Lab.Cas. P 61065, (M.D. Fla. 2010) (Case No. 2:09-cv-537-FtM-29SPC).

Fraudulent Misrepresentation

(1) a false statement concerning a material fact;
(2) the representor's knowledge that the representation is false;
(3) an intention that the representation induce another to act on it; and
(4) consequent injury by the party acting in reliance on the representation.” Butler v. Yusem, No. SC09-1508, 2010 WL(NNN) NNN-NNNN at *3 (Fla. Sept.8, 2010) (citations and internal quotation omitted).
Tardif v. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 160 Lab.Cas. P 61065, (M.D. Fla. 2010) (Case No. 2:09-cv-537-FtM-29SPC).


and defamation:

in which a plaintiff must show:

(1) That the defendant published a false statement about the plaintiff;
(2) To a third party; and
(3) That the falsity of the statement caused injury to the plaintiff. See Razner v. Wellington Regional Med. Ctr., Inc., 837 So. 2d 437 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002).



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