Contract disputes can include more than the parties who made the agreement. Sometimes, a third party purposely interferes with your agreement. In these situations, you may be able to bring a claim of Interference with Contractual Relations.

The factors that need to be satisfied in order to bring such a  claim under the Tort of Interference with Contractual Relations are:

  • A valid contract
  • The defendant third party has knowledge of the contract
  • The interference must have caused a breach of contract
  • The interference was both intentional and improper
  • You suffered damages as a result of the third party’s interference

A common example is in landlord-tenant matters, is when a holdover tenant intentionally prevents you from handing over the property you leased to a new tenant. Here, a third party is interfering with the contract (lease) you entered into with the new tenant.

James G. Dibbini and Associates P.C. has over 20 years of experience in contract litigation. If you believe you have a Tortious Interference of Contractual Relations action , or any form of contract dispute, give us a call at (914) 965-1011 or email us at to learn more.