Interference with a Business Opportunity

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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