Fair competition is one of the bases of our vibrant, robust economy here in Texas; however, when businesses employ improper and unfair tactics, which interfere with a company's business relationships or existing contracts, the law provides a remedy for those businesses or individuals that are harmed by such behavior.
The first class of cases typically involves an adverse business which intentionally interferes with or damages an existing contract between certain parties. There are varieties and permutations of these cases; however, most cases we prosecute involve improper and unfair interference with a contract or lease, slander of certain parties resulting in contract breach, interference with existing customers under a contract or lease, interference with contract negotiations, or interference with employee contracts resulting in nondisclosure and trade secret violations.
In cases involving interference with an actual contract or agreement the plaintiff must prove that the contract existed, that the defendant business intentionally interfered with the contract or agreement, that the interference caused damage and loss to the victim business, and that the defendant's interference was the cause of the damage.
We also accept select cases involving interference with potential contracts or potential business relationships. These cases require more proof and evidence, and we must be able to show that, despite the absence of an actual contract, there was interference by the adverse business with an ongoing business relationship, that the adverse business intentionally interfered with that relationship , that the actions by the adverse business are independently actionable as torts, and that the interference caused damage and loss.
Damages in these cases include lost profits, wages, and other damages which would have flowed from the contract, agreement, or business relationship. Furthermore, if the offending business commits an independent tort or personal injury in the process, damages may include lost earnings, mental anguish, and injury to reputation. In cases involving malice and severely egregious behavior, punitive damages may be claimed. Call our offices if you or your business has become the victim of such interference or unfair competition, and we will help you evaluate your situation and determine your legal remedies.