When you depend on business contracts, the last thing you want is for the signee to breach the contract, especially a non-competition contract.
WHAT IS TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE?
Tortious interference is when a party outside of a contract or business relationship can interfere with your economic advantage or business contracts in a ‘wrongful’ manner. The law provides recourse through a claim for tortious interference with contract or economic advantage.
TYPES OF TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE:
TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH CONTRACT OR BUSINESS EXPECTANCY:
The law of torts governs all civil wrongs at law other than breaches of contract (and related claims). The law recognizes the tort (civil wrong) of tortious interference, including claims of tortious interference with contract and tortious interference with business expectancy.
This doctrine is useful when a 3rd party has caused damage to the business interests of a company or individual. In order to prevail, a plaintiff must prove wrongfulness other than from the interference itself. The business interest that was damaged must be sufficiently strong and of a sort that the law recognizes as sufficient. Typically, that includes contracts and agreements, such as an employment contract, a business contract, a contractor agreement, an agreement for employment, or business to business contracts. On occasion, given sufficient proof of probability, it is possible to prevail on a claim for tortious interference with a reasonable business expectancy. Such expectancy may include a documented agreement to contract (as opposed to a contract itself).
Critically, a plaintiff claiming tortious interference also has to prove causation. That means he or she must prove that the contract was lost substantially because of the interference alleged, rather than due to the plaintiff’s own fault or some other cause.
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