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Tortious Interference with a Business Relationship

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If you have established a business relationship or are in the negotiation stage of a contract and someone deliberately interfered with your business relationship or contract, then you may have a cause of action against that someone, even if the defenses are limited. You do not necessarily have to have a contract to file a claim for tortious interference. Because the law recognizes the economic value and significance that business relationships have in the success your company, legal safeguards exist to protect business opportunities before they even occur. This means that even without a contract, if the interfering person knew of the business relationship at the time that they interfered with it, you may have a valid claim.

Tortious Interference with a Business
Relationship Claims

In Florida, to establish a claim for tortious interference with a business relationship, a plaintiff must be able to demonstrate all of the following things are true:

Some of the tortious interference cases our experienced business litigation attorneys handle include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Tortious interference refers to the deliberate act of interfering with an established business relationship or contract, causing harm to one of the parties involved. This interference can lead to legal action, even if there isn’t a formal contract in place.

No, you don’t necessarily need a formal contract. The law recognizes the value of business relationships and offers protection for potential business opportunities. If someone knowingly interferes with an existing or potential business relationship, you may have a valid claim.

In Florida, to establish a claim, you must demonstrate that you had a business relationship, the defendant knew about it, acted deliberately to harm or end the relationship, the relationship suffered, and you incurred damages as a result.

Tortious interference cases can include unfair competition, business defamation, unethical conduct, malicious prosecution, misappropriation of trade secrets, and economic coercion, among others.

Yes, there are defenses available. For instance, if the interference was justified or if the defendant had a legitimate business reason for their actions, it might serve as a defense. It’s essential to consult with legal counsel to understand the specifics of any case.

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