Legally referred to as tortious interference, a claim of contract interference may be brought when another business engages in certain acts that cause damage to the plaintiff business. Such conduct can be very costly; therefore, it is advisable to hire an experienced and aggressive business attorney to advise you in the matter.
Types of Contract Interference
Claims are generally brought when a competitor engages in underhanded methods with the intent of undermining a business. For instance, the competitor may encourage a party to breach a contract with the plaintiff business. Another method is to make a false claim against the plaintiff. Slander and libel are also tools of deception often used against a company.
Elements of Proof
To prove a claim of tortious interference when a breach of contract occurs, a business attorney will need to establish the following:
- A contract existed between the business and another party.
- The defendant business had knowledge of this contract.
- The defendant business engaged in an activity to convince the party to breach the contract.
- The contract was breached.
- The plaintiff business suffered financially as a result.
The elements of proof for other forms of tortious interference follow the same basic principle: The action was taken, its intent was to cause harm to the plaintiff company, and such harm did indeed occur as a result.
Tortious interference is not easy to prove in many cases. It is vital for a business that has suffered damages from such an act to seek the services of a strong business attorney. For further information, or to make an appointment for a consultation, call Ionson Law today at (781) 674-2562.