Business spats can be reminiscent of sibling spats. While disguised in legalese, many times the argument presented by one side or another boils down to “It’s not fair”, especially when business litigation involves allegations that a competitor was unfair in their tactics specifically to injure a competitor’s business.
Is it wrong to be aggressive and business savvy? By no means! Edison and Zuckerberg stand as excellent examples of businessmen who would not give an inch to competitors and often thought outside the box to produce success. However, the Courts will judge a business competitor’s actions to determine if intentional interference with contractual or business relationships occurred.
For the Courts to determine that tortious and interferent actions caused the loss of opportunities requires a showing of (1) the existence of a valid contractual relationship or business expectancy with a probability of future economic benefit; (2) knowledge of the relationship or expectancy; (3) reasonable certainty that plaintiff would have continued in the relationship or realized the expectancy; (4) intentional interference inducing or causing a breach or termination of the relationship; and (5) resultant damage.
Hiring the right attorney to help you prove that improper methods were employed to interfere with your business contract is paramount to proving to a Court of Law that tortious actions were not merely “business savvy”. When you need direct and aggressive defense and representation, call us at (540) 721-6028. The Stanley Law Group can advise you on how to move forward, and how best to protect yourself.
The article above is not intended as legal advice. We recommend you come to our offices for a proper legal consultation with our excellent attorneys to formulate a strategy which is suitable for your specific case.