The line between unfair business tactics and healthy economic competition is not always clear. While businesses are allowed to engage in legitimate competition, there exists a right to seek recompense against those who interfere with a valid contract or business expectancy. This claim is referred to as “tortious interference.” Tortious interference can also qualify as the requisite “unlawful act” for purposes of claiming a business conspiracy.
In order to bring a claim for tortious interference, you must establish (1) a valid contractual relationship; (2) knowledge of the relationship or expectancy on the part of the interferor; (3) intentional interference inducing or causing a breach or termination of the relationship or expectancy; (4) improper methods employed by the interferor; and (5) resultant damage to the party whose relationship or expectancy has been disrupted. For example, a third party cannot bribe an individual or defame your character to induce a party to breach its contract with you.
Whether your business has been damaged through tortious interference or you are defending against unfounded claims, Paul Miller has the experience to help resolve your dispute and avoid further disruption to your business. To contact a Virginia business lawyer, call 703-280-0037.