Aiding and Abetting a Breach of Fiduciary Duty Georgia

In Georgia, the tort of aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty requires proof of the following elements:

(1) through improper action or wrongful conduct and without privilege, the defendant acted to procure a breach of the primary wrongdoer's fiduciary duty to the plaintiff;

(2) with knowledge that the primary wrongdoer owed the plaintiff a fiduciary duty, the defendant acted purposely and with malice and the intent to injure;

(3) the defendant's wrongful conduct procured a breach of the primary wrongdoer's fiduciary duty; and

(4) the defendant's tortious conduct proximately caused damage to the plaintiff.

"Improper actions constitute conduct wrongful in itself; thus, improper conduct means wrongful action that generally involves predatory tactics such as physical violence, fraud or misrepresentation, defamation, use of confidential information, abusive civil suits, and unwarranted criminal prosecutions." Disaster Svcs. v. ERC Partnership, 228 Ga. App. 739, 741-742 (492 SE2d 526) (1997).