The business tort of interference with contractual relations
is often associated with the business tort of interference with economic relationship
. It is a common example of a third-party tortious interference claim. If a person or business who wrongfully interferes with the performance of a contract, they may be liable if the person that is required to perform under the contract fails to perform the contract. In the business situation, this could also be a direct action for a breach of contract lawsuit
Elements of Interference With Contractual Relations:
In order to prove an interference with contractual relations, the injured or damaged party must establish:
Some protectable contract right that a business relationship exists;
That the contractual interference was done intentionally;
That the contractual interference caused the loss of some economic gain; and
That the contractual interference, in fact, caused damage or injury.
Tortious interference with contract normally occurs when a third-party persuades a party to breach the contract with the plaintiff, or where he purposely disrupts the ability of a party to satisfy his obligations under the contract.