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Tortious interference claims only apply to third parties

Posted by William J. Cook | Apr 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

We recently won a final summary judgment for our client in a tortious interference case. Our client was a product manufacturer. The plaintiff was a sales employee of one of our client's biggest distributors. The employee claimed that our client committed tortious interference when it reduced the distributor's sales territory, which negatively impacted the employee's commissions. The court held that our client could not be held liable because tortious interference only applies to third parties.. A business cannot be held liable for interfering with its own business relationships. Here, our client was in a business relationship with the distributor and it was free to reduce the distributor's territory, regardless of any impact the decision might have had on the distributor's employee. A copy of the judge's opinion is linked below:

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