The main purpose of tortious interference laws is to allow parties to be free to contract with one another, and to allow them to fulfill their contractual obligations. Wrongful or tortious interference with contract occurs when one party interferes with another’s contract rights. An example would be where a third party (who is not a party to the contract) takes intentional actions which disrupts the ability of a party you have a contract with to be able to perform under that contract, thereby depriving you of receipt of the goods, service or benefit you were promised under your contract. Another example would be where a third party intentionally causes a party you have a contract with to breach its contract with you.

A claim for tortious interference falls under tort law rather than contract law. Because it is considered a tort, the wrongdoer must intend not only to commit the act, but must also intend that the act will result in a breach of the contract.

Tortious interference can also include the tort of interference with a business relationship. This may occur when you do not actually have a valid, existing, contract, but a third party takes acts designed to prevent you from successfully establishing business relationships. In cases of this kind, the third party typically takes some act or otherwise convinces another party to avoid doing business with you, when the establishment of that business relationship would have otherwise occurred.

If you have been the victim of a tortious interference with a contract or business relationship, you may have legal damages and equitable remedies available to you. These may include:

Legal remedies

  • Economic damages for loss of profits, financial losses, etc.
  • Punitive damages, if malice can be attributed to the wrongdoer

Equitable remedies

  • Injunctive relief, such as an order preventing the wrongdoer from benefiting from the interference

The concept of tortious interference with contract is complex so it is important to seek the help of experienced attorneys to protect your rights as soon as someone has interfered with your contract rights or business relationships. The attorneys at Derryberry Zips Wade Lawhorn have experience representing parties who have been the victims of tortious interference and they are ready to put that experience to work for you. Failure to bring a claim in a timely manner can limit or even prevent your ability to recover your losses so it is important that you take quick action.

The experienced attorneys at Derryberry Zips Wade Lawhorn know how to handle claims and litigation stemming from tortious interferences with contracts and they vigorously pursue justice and just compensation for victims of such conduct. Contact us today and put experienced legal advocates to work on your behalf.