If you are a business owner in Houston, Texas, developing professional relationships that result in contracts or sales is one of the primary keys to your success. We at the Jackson Law firm are aware that when someone interferes with a contract or an understood agreement that you have worked to establish, the loss of that commerce can be devastating to your bottom line.
When a person commits a legal wrong that can be compensated through financial reparations awarded by the court, it is known as a tort. Tortious interference refers specifically to the wrong that is done to you when a person interferes with one of your contracts. According to Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, a person may be liable to pay damages if he or she commits a deliberate action intended to cause issues between you and another party with whom you have established a contractual relationship.
The burden of proof for the lawsuit is on the plaintiff in tortious interference cases. To show to the court that the defendant in your case has committed this type of wrongdoing, you must be able to prove the following:
- You had a valid business contract with a third party
- The defendant knew of the contract
- The actions were intentional and improper
In addition, you have to be able to show the damages that you sustained and how they are directly linked to the tortious actions. For more information about the rights business owners have to protect their contracts and deals, please visit our website.