Tortious Interference with Contractual & Advantageous Business Relationships

Robust Pursuit of Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach County Tortious Interference Lawsuits

All companies are built on relationships, and more specifically, contractual and other advantageous business relationships. As they say, no man is an island and no company can operate and succeed without developing numerous relationships and connections.

Relationship-building can take years, as can the development of your most important trade secrets for that matter, while the destruction of these elements of your business can occur in an instant.

Unfortunately, there may be those who would seek to purposefully interfere with or do harm to these relationships, which could potentially spell ruin for your company. Often times, this may even be parties with whom your company formerly had an employment relationship and who are improperly using trade secrets or violating confidentiality through a current or prior employee or independent contractor of the company.

So what can a business owner do in the face of such malevolence? Fortunately, these actions fall under the common law of torts, and are known collectively as forms of Tortious Interference. As previously stated, tortious interference can occur in one of two categories: with contractual business relationships or with advantageous business relationships.

Cause of Action

There are certain key elements that must be demonstrated as causes of action in either form of tortious interference, including the existence (or potential existence) of a relationship (contractual or advantageous), that the tortfeasor had knowledge of the relationship, that the breach in the relationship resulted in damage to your business, and perhaps most importantly, that the tortfeasor intended to cause a breach in the relationship. Generally, the tortious interference must be intentional rather than negligent in order for you to collect damages and must include some sort of wrongful act and/or improper use or access of confidential information in which a tortfeasor uses to interfere with your clients.

If a third-party seeks to intentionally damage your contractual or advantageous business relationships, then you may be able to pursue litigation to recover both economic and punitive damages.

As with all litigation, it is essential that you first consult with an experienced attorney to ensure you have cause and enough evidence to pursue your case. The Campbell Law Group will work to provide an assertive defense for your company against any potential tortious interference. Please contact us today to set up a free consultation and discuss your options.

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