Contracts are a major part of running a business. Working with other parties to carry out essential functions and duties concerning the operations of a business is critical to a business running smoothly and being successful. Part of establishing mutually beneficial and agreeable terms in contracts is building strong relationships. When a contract is accepted by all parties and signed off, everyone involved should understand their rights and abide by their obligations.
If your contract was undermined by another party whose motive was to steal opportunities you created, then you may have a case to make against that party for contract interference, or tortuous interference with the contract. In this situation, you need experienced and aggressive legal representation to make things right and recover your damages. In California, the Los Angeles business litigation attorney at the Leiva Law Firm can assist you with your case.
How Does Contract Interference Happen?
In business, execution is everything. And to bypass competition, business owners must always be on their toes, keeping their operations working like a well-oiled machine. To accomplish this, contracts for various services or products will likely be necessary.
Determining what parties to work with and then creating contracts is not always an easy process. There are negotiations, a back and forth, along with legal assistance to ensure the terms and the writing of the contract are accurate and fair. This process will usually precede a final agreement. Meaning, contract development takes time and money.
If another party engages in unfair business practices and improperly takes actions to sabotage an agreement so that a breach of contract happens, the party who was affected by such undertakings may be able to take legal action. For example, let’s say that your business has a small contract with Company A. Company A also has a robust and remunerative contract with Company B. If Company B uses its leverage to influence Company A to discontinue doing business with your company and breach the contract that they have with you so that Company B can dominate your industry and take you out then you may have a claim for contract interference.
Showing contract interference can be a tricky thing to accomplish. For instance, in the above example, Company B may argue that they were engaging in fair competition practices. Figuring out the fine line between fair competition and unlawful and unacceptable business conduct may be challenging. Tactical litigation may be necessary to draw the distinction, but in the end, a judge will have to use all of the information presented to them to make a decision on what occurred.
Speak to an Attorney at the Leiva Law
If you believe that another party engaged in unlawful and inappropriate acts that subverted a contract you had, you may benefit from speaking with an attorney to have your situation evaluated.
For more information and to have your case reviewed by an attorney, please call the Leiva Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation at (818) 519-4465. The Leiva Law Firm takes pride in providing quality legal representation that protects both your rights and your company.