inducing breach of contract
inducing breach of contracta form of ECONOMIC TORT consisting in A knowingly and unjustifiably inducing B to breach his contract with C, causing loss to C. The law generally permits considerable freedom in economic matters but draws lines at certain conduct attacking certain economic interests. Attempts have been made to classify the kind of conduct that will legally amount to interference into:
- (i) direct persuasion
- (ii) direct intervention
- (iii) indirect intervention.
It may be that this tort has extended to become a tort of unlawful interference in contract that would not require the need to show a breach, but it is difficult to be certain about the precise boundaries of any of the economic torts.
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