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Tortious Interference with Business

Your business relationships and contracts are critical to the survival of your business. As such, the law offers some protection from rivals or competitors who seek to interfere or damage those contracts and relationships. This is known as tortious interference with business and you have a right to fight this tampering before it damages your business interests.

Tortious interference can occur with or without a contract. If a business relationship existed that was known to the tortfeasor, and that person deliberately interfered with the relationship, then you may have cause to file a claim. Business law is very complex, and requires a law firm with the knowledge and resources needed to win tortious interference claims.

Establishing and Winning Tortious Interference Claims

In order to prove a tortious interference claim, you generally must prove the following:

  • That a contract expectancy, prospective business relationship, or economic advantage did indeed exist;
  • That the defendant was aware of this contract or relationship;
  • That the defendant intentionally interfered with this contract, inducing the breach of contract;
  • That the defendant used improper means or methods to interfere with the business relationships;
  • The plaintiff suffered damages.

There are many ways a competitor or third party can interfere with your business relationships. Some of those ways include:

  • Threats
  • Economic Coercion
  • Persuasion
  • Offering more attractive contract
  • False Statements
  • Defamation
  • Physical violence
  • Unfair competition
  • Bribery
  • Constitutional violations
  • Misuse of insider information
  • And more

Recovering Damages in Tortious Interference Lawsuits

The law allows you to seek damages in tortious interference cases. You may be able to recover monetary damages in the form of direct expenses, lost profits, damages for partially completed work, contracts that had been awarded, permanent destruction of business relationships, and damage to your professional reputation. You may also seek punitive damages, if the defendant’s conduct was egregious.

Business law is complicated, yet it endeavors to strike a balance between two ideals: encouraging healthy economic competition yet providing for the protection of contractual relations. Tortious interference of business crosses that line and threatens your business’ success. When this occurs, you need an experienced and skilled commercial contingency law firm on your side.

At Kelley/Uustal, our lawyers are prepared to pursue every possible avenue to help you resolve your business disputes. From mediation to litigation, we work tirelessly until we arrive at a successful conclusion to your tortious interference claim. We do so on a contingency basis, because we understand that your company’s resources are best spent on running your business—not on paying ongoing legal fees.

Commercial Contingency Law Firm

The commercial contingency lawyers at Kelley/Uustal have the resources necessary to succeed in even the most complex business disputes. If your tortious interference business dispute ends up in court, as many often do, you can rest assured knowing that you are being represented by successful trial attorneys, who have the experience needed to win the tough courtroom battles. If you are in need of a commercial litigation attorney, call us at (954) 522-6601. We are here to answer all your questions, protect your business, and help you pursue justice.

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