You have been negotiating for months with a supplier. A competitor becomes aware of your negotiations and derails the deal. Can you recover for your damages? Under the Tort of Inteference with a Business Opportunity you may.
Generally, the types of opportunities that can be subject to such a claim include:
- Sale or Purchase of a Business
- Sale or Purchase of Property
- Employment Opportunities
- Sale of Goods
- Construction Contracts
- Professional Relationships
In order to prove the tort of Interference with a Business Opportunity, you must show:
- That there is an opportunity in existence that is definate and specific in scope and capable of being acted upon
- The other party had knowledge of the opportunity
- The other party with intent intefered with the opportunity
- They actually caused damage to your interests
- Actual Damages
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