Interference with an existing contractual relation occurs when an outside party interferes with an existing contractual agreement between two other parties. As a result of this interference, one or all of the following happens:
- an increase in expense to perform the contract
- an aggravation in the performance of the contract
- a breach of contract
- Elements that Create an Interference with an Existing Contractual Relationship
- What are Some Typical Contracts Where Interference with Relations Occur?
- What Kind of Interference is Required by the Interfering Party?
- Should I Seek an Attorney if an Outside Party has Interfered with my Contract or Agreement?
Although the law involving interference with a contractual relationship is still developing, there are some consistent factors to this claim:
- An existing agreement or contract
- The interfering party knew or was aware of the existing agreement or contract
- Intentional interference to bring about a breach or hinder performance of the contract
Generally, any type of contract may be subject to interference, with the exception of marriage contracts. Some frequent types of situations often involve:
- Employment contracts
- Service contracts
- Purchase contracts
There is no technical requirement as to the kind of conduct that may result in interference with the performance of a contract. The interference may be through conduct or by persuasion through a simple request. Other authorities have held that interference may consist of physical or economic harm.
Inducement to breach a contract and interference with contract claims are very complicated and can involve a variety of different factors. Contract law differs in each state, and an experienced business attorney would help you to complete any requirements and procedures in a timely manner before filing deadlines.