In examining the concept of justifiable reliance, the Florida Supreme Court opined that the question is whether the recipient of a misrepresentation or omission is justified in relying upon its truth. For if the recipient “knows that it [the statement] or [omission] is false or its falsity is obvious to him/her, his/her reliance is improper, and there can be no cause of action for fraudulent misrepresentation. This is particularly important in circumstances where the misrepresentation or omission is subsequently referenced in a written contract. In such a circumstance, the Court has determined that notwithstanding oral misrepresentations prior to the making of a contract, a party cannot establish justifiable reliance and “may not recover in fraud for an alleged false statement when proper disclosure of the truth is subsequently revealed in a written agreement between the parties.
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