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Interference with Contract versus Interference with Business Relations

Tortious interference with a contract or business expectancy requires (1) a contract or valid business expectancy, (2) defendant’s knowledge of the contract or relationship, (3) a breach induced or caused by defendant’s intentional interference, (4) absence of justification and (5) damages. Bishop & Assocs., LLC v. Ameren Corp., 520 S.W.3d 463, 472 (Mo. 2017).  Whie not […]

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Physician Staff Privileges and Tortious interference with Business Expectancy

Tortious interference is a commonly misunderstood and applied claim. It requires 1) a valid business expectancy, 2) defendant’s knowledge of the expectancy, 3) intentional interference by the defendant inducing or causing a breach of the expectancy, 4) absence of justification, and 5) damages. Misischia v. St. John’s Mercy Med. Ctr., 30 S.W.3d 848, 863 (Mo. Ct. […]

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Tortious Interference with Inheritance Rights/Expectancy

Tortious interference does not only apply to valid business expectancies, but also to an inheritance expectancy. In order to make a case  for tortious interference with an inheritance expectancy, you have to plead and prove that a third-party, by fraud, duress, undue influence or other tortious means, intentionally prevented you from receiving an inheritance from the decedent, […]

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Tortious Interference with a Valid Business Expectancy

To make a submissible case for tortious interference, one must plead (and ultimately prove) a (1) valid existing contract or business expectancy; that (2) the defendant had knowledge of the existing contract or business expectancy; (3) a business impairment and/or breach of contract is induced or caused by the defendant’s intentional interference; (4) there is […]

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Interference with Credit Expectancy

Interference with Business Contracts/Expectancy is a well-established tort in Missouri (and most other states). It has, however, developed through case law and can now be applied in several different contexts. A more common strand of tortious interference is tortious interference with credit expectancy. In order for a plaintiff to succeed on such a claim, the […]

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Interference with Business Contracts/Expectancy

Missouri case law has established situations where an individual or business can be liable for interfering with contractual or business relationships. The civil tort of tortious interference with business expectancy requires a few elements: there must be a (1) valid existing contract or business expectancy; (2) the defendant has knowledge of the existing contract or […]

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