Tortious Interference Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
Tortious interference, also known as interference with contractual relations or interference with business relations, is a legal cause of action that occurs when one party intentionally damages the contractual or business relationship between another party and a third party. This type of interference can take many forms, including inducing a party to breach a contract, preventing a party from entering into a contract, or causing a party to be discharged from a contract.
In order to establish a claim for tortious interference, the plaintiff must typically show that:
A valid contract or business relationship existed between the plaintiff and a third party
The defendant was aware of this contract or relationship
The defendant intentionally acted to disrupt or damage the contract or relationship
The defendant's actions caused harm to the plaintiff
The plaintiff suffered damages as a result of the defendant's actions
Tortious interference is a common law tort, which means that it is not based on any specific statutory law but rather on the principles and rules that have been developed by courts through the years. In general, the purpose of tortious interference law is to protect individuals and businesses from harm caused by the malicious or wrongful actions of others.
One common example of tortious interference occurs when a person or business intentionally causes a party to breach a contract. For instance, if a person offers an employee of a company a higher salary to leave their current job and work for the person instead, this could be considered tortious interference with the company's contract with the employee. In this situation, the company could potentially bring a claim against the person for interfering with their contract and causing harm to the company.
Another example of tortious interference could be a situation where a person or business intentionally prevents another party from entering into a contract. For example, if a person spreads false rumors about a company in order to prevent potential customers from doing business with the company, this could be considered tortious interference with the company's business relations. In this case, the company could potentially bring a claim against the person for interfering with their ability to enter into contracts and causing harm to the company.
If a person or business is found to have engaged in tortious interference, they may be liable for damages to the plaintiff. The specific damages that may be awarded in a tortious interference case will depend on the facts of the case and the laws of the jurisdiction in which the claim is brought. In general, however, damages in tortious interference cases may include compensation for the harm caused to the plaintiff's contract or business relationship, as well as for any financial losses or other harm suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the defendant's actions.
Tortious interference is a complex and potentially serious legal issue, and individuals and businesses who believe they have been the victim of such interference should consult with an experienced attorney to discuss their options and potential legal remedies. An attorney can help evaluate the facts of the case, advise on the potential legal theories and damages available, and help the plaintiff pursue a claim for tortious interference. If you have questions, give Joseph D Hall & Associates a call today.