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Did a rival interfere with your business operations? Are you dealing with the fallout of broken contracts, missing revenue, or reputational harm? If so, you can demand relief by filing a claim of tortious interference. Here’s what you’ll need to prove for your case to be successful and what relief might entail.

What Is Tortious Interference?

Tortious interference occurs when one party intentionally damages another’s business relationships or contracts. This type of interference can happen in two main ways: interfering with an existing contract or disrupting a business relationship that could lead to future economic benefits. For this interference to be actionable, it must be deliberate and involve dishonest or unfair methods. Examples include convincing a customer to break a contract or spreading false information about a business to harm its relationships. 

Proving Tortious Interference

You must meet several legal criteria to prove tortious interference. Specifically, you must demonstrate the following:

  • Existence of a Valid Contract or Business Relationship: You must show that a valid contract or business relationship existed with the potential for future economic benefits.
  • Knowledge of the Contract or Relationship: Next, you must show that the other party was aware of the existence of the contract or business relationship.
  • Intentional Interference: You must demonstrate that the interference was intentional and not merely accidental. The other party must have acted deliberately to disrupt the contract or relationship.
  • Improper Methods or Motives: You must show that the means the other party used to interfere were improper, such as threats, deception, or other underhanded tactics.
  • Resulting Damage: Finally, you must demonstrate that you suffered actual losses as a result of the alleged tortious interference. This could be lost profits, lost business opportunities, reputational damage, or other harm.

Legal Remedies and Compensation for Tortious Interference

By proving tortious interference, you can secure several types of legal remedies and compensation to cover your losses and restore your business to the position it was in before the interference occurred. Here are the types of compensation and relief you could obtain:

  • Injunctive Relief: The court will likely order the party that interfered to stop their harmful actions. This formal legal order can prevent further damage to your business.
  • Compensatory Damages: Monetary compensation for the actual losses your business suffered. This includes lost profits and expenses you incurred due to the interference.
  • Punitive Damages: If the other party’s actions were particularly harmful or malicious, the court may award punitive damages. This type of monetary award aims to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Tortious Interference Case

An experienced lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your tortious interference case. A lawyer could help you manage your case and work toward a favorable outcome by:

  • Investigating the details of your case thoroughly, reviewing contracts and agreements relevant to the case, and gathering evidence to support your claim
  • Calculating the financial impact of the interference and developing legal strategies tailored to your specific situation
  • Filing the necessary legal documents and managing all communications with the defendant and their lawyer
  • Representing you in all legal proceedings, Negotiating settlements with the opposing party, and arguing your case before a judge or jury to seek compensation, injunctive relief, and other remedies

You deserve to be made right for what your business has suffered, and the most effective way to demand justice is with the help of an experienced tortious interference lawyer.

Contact a Tortious Interference Attorney in New York City

Ready to take the next step in protecting your business? Contact Levy Goldenberg LLP today for an initial consultation. Our team will listen to your situation, offer clear legal guidance, and fight for justice on your behalf.