FAQ’s Civil Conspiracy in Florida – South and Central Florida Litigation and Arbitration Attorney

The elements required for pleading a civil conspiracy in Florida are (1) a conspiracy between two or more parties, (2) to do an unlawful act or to do a lawful act by unlawful means, (3) the doing of some overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy, and (4) damage to the plaintiff as a result of the acts, performed in furtherance of the conspiracy.  Under Florida law, civil conspiracy is a derivative of the underlying claims which form the basis of the conspiracy.  The gist of a civil conspiracy is not the conspiracy itself but the civil wrong which is done through the conspiracy which results in injury to the Plaintiff.  There is no independent action for civil conspiracy.  Thus, generally an actionable conspiracy requires an actionable underlying tort or wrong.  An act which does not constitute a basis for a cause of action against one person cannot be made the basis for a civil action for conspiracy.  However, there is an exception to the rule where the plaintiff can show some peculiar power of coercion posses by the conspirators by virtue of their combination, which power an individual would not possess.

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