Phoenix Tortious Interference Lawyers Protect Important Business Relationships
Arizona litigators help companies take on third parties who threaten agreements
All businesses depend on maintaining relationships with customers, suppliers, key agents and other businesses. While companies have many legitimate ways to gain an advantage on the competition, illegally impeding the relationship between other businesses is referred to as tortious interference. If you are an Arizona business, the Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth P.C. has the experience, knowledge and legal skills to advise you on where the line falls. If you believe you’ve been victimized by tortious interference or have been accused of this type of improper behavior, we can help.
What is tortious interference?
Tortious interference occurs when a third party disrupts an existing or prospective business relationship between two or more other parties. This usually involves causing one of these parties to stop dealing with the other. There are two types of tortious interference:
- Tortious interference with a contract — This occurs when one wrongfully interferes with an existing contract without a legitimate interest in doing so. For example, a large business might force a supplier to break a deal with a smaller competitor.
- Tortious interference with a business expectancy — This occurs when one wrongfully interferes with someone else’s potential source of business or financial gain without a legitimate interest in doing so.
These are causes of action that the injured party may bring against the interfering party in court. We can assess whether the facts give rise to a valid tortious interference claim and take action to protect your rights through negotiations or litigation.
What are the elements of tortious interference with a contract?
In order to win a cause of action for tortious interference with a contract, a plaintiff must prove all of the following:
- There is a valid contract between their business and another person or business
- The defendant knew the contract existed
- The defendant wrongfully interfered with that contractual relationship by unlawful means
- The plaintiff suffered harm as a result
If we represent you in a claim where tortious interference with a contract is alleged, we will investigate the case thoroughly and present a detailed argument to demonstrate whether those elements exist.
What are the elements of tortious interference with a business expectancy?
In order to win a case for tortious interference with a contract, a company must prove all of the following:
- Plaintiff’s business had an expectation of establishing a relationship with another person or entity. This must be more than a mere hope.
- The defendant knew of that business expectation
- The defendant wrongfully interfered with it
- Plaintiff suffered harm as a result
As we do in a claim for tortious interference with a contract, we gather the necessary to help prove or refute liability.
How do we prove that the interference is improper?
Whether the defendant’s interference is wrongful depends on a number of factors:
- The nature of the conduct
- The defendant’s motivations
- The interests with which the defendant interferes
- The defendant’s interests in taking the actions
- The balance of social interests between protecting the defendant’s freedom of action and the plaintiff’s contractual relationship or business expectancy
- How direct or indirect was the impact of the defendant’s actions on the relationship or expectation
- The extent of the existing or anticipated relationship between the parties
From our first meeting, we will review the circumstances and evaluate whether they might justify a tort remedy based on these factors.
Contact a dedicated Phoenix tortious interference law firm
The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth P.C. takes a practical approach to litigating tortious interference cases. To schedule a consultation, call our Phoenix firm today at 866-696-2033 or contact us online.