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Brief Fact Summary. Defendant intentionally and maliciously interferes with a business contract causing one party to refuse to perform.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Intentional and malicious interference with a business relationship is a violation of a right, which provides a cause of action for a plaintiff.
Issue. Whether the Plaintiff has a cause of action against a person who maliciously interferes with a business contract which caused Plaintiff to sustain damages as a result of the broken contract.
Held. (Justice Erle). Yes. Plaintiff has a cause of action against a person who maliciously interferes with a business contract and causes Plaintiff to sustain damages as a result of the broken contract. The Defendant violated Plaintiff’s rights by intentionally and maliciously created a situation which caused the female performer to break her contract with Plaintiff. There are many cases that would support a cause of action under such a scenario. Judgment for Plaintiff.
Discussion. The court makes one who breaks a contract equally liable as one who intentionally and maliciously cause the interference with a contract.