Interference with Contractual Relations
If a third-party interferes with a contract between two other people or entities, and that interference results in harm to one of the parties, then the injured party may be able to sue for damages. In order to file a claim for interference with contractual relations, the plaintiff must be able to prove that five elements: (1) the existence of a valid and enforceable contract between the plaintiff and a third-party; (2) the defendant’s awareness of the contractual relationship; (3) the defendant’s intentional and unjustified inducement of a breach of the contract; (4) a subsequent breach by the third-party caused by the defendant’s wrongful conduct; and (5) damages resulting from the breach.
Notably, ordinary competition does not create a claim for interference with contractual relations.
The business tort attorneys at our Woodlands firm can analyze whether the elements of this claim are met in a particular situation. One of our attorneys can assess your case and determine the necessary steps to take toward protecting your interests and limiting the damage that a business tort can create.