Whenever someone interferes with a business relationship it is considered tortious interference. Tortious interference with a contract (intentional interference with contractual relations) occurs when a business or individual not a party to a contract engages in behavior that intentionally disrupts a contractual business relationship.
Tortious interference is based on five things:
A valid agreement between at least two parties;
The interferer must have had knowledge of the agreement
The alleged interference must have caused the breach of contract
The interference must be intentional; and
The interference caused the plaintiff to suffer damages
Tortious interference with a contract can happen in a number of ways. For example, in an effort to take an opportunity or financially impact a competitor a vendor may intentionally persuade a purchaser to breach an agreement with that competitor. Another example could be misrepresentation of transport costs that cause a supplier to overbill a purchaser.
Tenants in a property can also engage in tortious interference if they intentionally prevent a new lessee from taking possession of a property.
If you think you may have been the victim of tortious interference, contact Chuck Gabriel and the Gabriel Law Firm to discuss the appropriate legal strategy to address the situation and discuss monetary damages.