Tortious Interference with Contracts, Business Relations and Economic Advantage: Proving and Defending Claims

Navigating the Complexities of Claims Alleging Intentional and Improper Business Disruption

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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This CLE webinar will provide counsel with an examination of the latest developments in cases alleging tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with business relations, and tortious interference with economic advantage. The panel will address challenges business counsel face in proving and defending tortious interference claims and best practices for successfully litigating these cases.


When a company faces unfair competition or actions by a former employee aimed at causing harm to the business, counsel must be prepared to act quickly to control the situation, prevent damage its reputation and loss of customers, and seek recovery of damages caused by the third party. Business attorneys must able to promptly identify situations where third parties are tortiously interfering with their client’s contracts, business relations, and prospective economic advantages in order to halt future damage to the client and recover losses.

On the other hand, businesses that are unable to effectively compete within a market may resort to asserting or threatening tortious interference claims as a means to prevent competitors or former employees from luring away loyal customers. Counsel must be prepared to address and defend such claims head on.

In many states, parties who are able to establish tortious interference claims are not only entitled to recover lost profits and other actual damages, given the intentional nature of these claims, successful plaintiffs are also entitled to recover punitive damages, resulting in high dollar verdicts in tortious interference cases.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses recent case law developments across multiple states regarding tortious interference claims and the overlap of tortious interference claims with similar claims such as wrongful competition by former employees, trade secret theft or defamation. The panel will discuss considerations and best practices for business counsel bringing and defending claims.



  1. Establishing the various tortious interference claims
  2. Affirmative defenses to tortious interference claims
  3. Damages and other remedies, including preliminary injunctive relief
  4. Factors courts consider in deciding cases
  5. Interplay with competition, employment and defamation claims


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What must plaintiffs prove to establish a tortious interference claim?
  • What are potential defenses to defeat tortious interference claims?
  • Can preliminary injunctive relief be obtained for tortious interference?
  • What economic damages are available to prevailing plaintiffs in tortious interference cases?
  • How do tortious interference claims overlap with related employment, unfair competition and defamation claims?


V. John Ella
V. John Ella

Trepanier MacGillis Battina

Mr. Ella practices in all aspects of employment law, business law and commercial litigation. He advises businesses,...  |  Read More

Stephen D. Riden
Stephen D. Riden

Beck Reed Riden

Mr. Riden is a commercial litigator who represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of disputes across...  |  Read More

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