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Constructive Fraud

Constructive fraud occurs when a person breaches some legal or equitable duty to another person.  The breach must be one that deceives others, violates public or private confidence, or injures public interest in some way.  Constructive fraud differs from ordinary fraud or intentional misrepresentation in that in a constructive fraud case the plaintiff does not need to prove that the defendant intended to defraud the plaintiff.  Instead, the court essentially holds the defendant to a standard of care based on a relationship of trust and confidence between the plaintiff and the defendant.

In a constructive fraud claim, the plaintiff must prove three things:

1.       That there exists some legal or equitable duty that the defendant owes to the plaintiff.  This duty usually arises out of the relationship between the parties.  It is a fiduciary or confidential relationship. 

2.       That the defendant breached the duty.

3.       That the defendant’s conduct deceives or violates a confidence or injures the public interest.

A plaintiff is not required to prove that the defendant intended to deceive the plaintiff.  The plaintiff must prove the elements listed above by clear and convincing evidence. 

If the plaintiff can establish that there is a confidential relationship, the burden shifts to the dominant or trusted party to show that his or her conduct was proper. 

In a constructive fraud case, the court can award both compensatory and punitive damages.  In order to obtain purnitive damages, however, the plaintiff needs to prove actual malice.

The attorneys at Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. have years of litigation experience including cases involving constructive fraud.  If you believe that you have a claim for constructive fraud, or if you have been sued for constructive fraud, we’d be happy to sit down and discuss your case with you. 

The information contained on this page is provided as general information and does not constitute legal advice.  The experienced attorneys at Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. can assist you if you have, or believe you may have, a constructive fraud claim.  We’d be happy to sit down with you and review your situation and provide appropriate advice.  Call today for a no-obligation consultation.  There is no consultation fee for cases involving personal injury.

 


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With an office conveniently located in Lexington Park, The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Stienmetz, P.C. serves clients in the counties and cities of Lexington Park, Leonardtown, Hollywood, Mechanicsville, Loveville, Helen, Breton Bay, Chaptico, Charlotte Hall, Golden Beach, Avenue, La Plata, Waldorf, Newburg, Port Tobacco, Port Charles, Solomons Island, Prince Frederick, Chesapeake Shores, Hughesville, Benedict, Nanjemoy, Lusby, Port Republic, St. Mary's County, Charles County, Calvert County, Prince George's County, Southern Maryland.


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