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How can you defend against contract interference claims?

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2023 | Construction Law, Contract Law

You probably don’t need us to tell you that the construction industry is highly competitive. As a result, there are often contractual issues that disrupt business operations and lead to allegations of wrongdoing. If you end up on the receiving end of those accusations, then your business’s financial stability and its reputation can be put on the line. This is especially true if you’ve been accused of contract interference.

Can you defend against allegations of contract interference?

It depends on the circumstances of your case, but there are legal grounds that allow for interference with a contract. One privilege that you have to interfere with a contract is through competition. To succeed in defending yourself on competition grounds, you’ll have to show that:

  • The matter in question involved competition between you and the other party.
  • You didn’t utilize any wrongful means to interfere with the contract.
  • Your actions didn’t illegally restrain trade.
  • Your goal, at least in part, was to advance your competitive positioning.

You can also defend against allegations of tortious interference by arguing that you interfered only to protect your own financial or contractual interests. Here, though, you also have to show that you didn’t employ any sort of wrongful means, which is sort of a legal term of art.

Know how to navigate your construction law contractual issues

There are a lot of legal nuances involved in these sorts of construction contractual issues. That’s why you shouldn’t move forward with your case without a full understanding of your defense options and how they’ll interact with the facts of your case.

By educating yourself, you’ll be able to make the fully informed decisions that you think will adequately protect your business interests. Hopefully then you can put the matter to rest and get back to focusing on building your business.