Civil Causes of Action - Intentional Interference with Contract Law and Legal Definition

The elements of intentional interference with contract are:

  • the existence of a contractual relationship,
  • knowledge by the defendant of the relationship,
  • intentional acts to disrupt the relationship,
  • actual disruption
  • damages to the plaintiff.

The tort of intentional interference with prospective economic advantage is usually a separate action as it does not require a plaintiff to plead that the defendant acted with a specific intent to disrupt the plaintiff's advantage. It is sufficient to plead that the defendant knew that interference was certain or substantially certain to occur as a result of its action.