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In Nevada, the elements for a claim of intentional interference with contractual relations are:

  1. A valid and existing contract between plaintiff and a third party;
  2. Defendant had knowledge of the valid contract or had reason to know of its existence;
  3. Defendant committed intentional acts intended or designed to disrupt the contractual relationship or to cause the contracting party to breach the contract;
  4. Actual disruption of the contract (the contracting party breached the contract);
  5. The breach was caused by the wrongful and unjustified conduct;
  6. Causation and damage.

Klein v. Freedom Strategic Partners, LLC, 595 F. Supp. 2d 1152 (D. Nev. 2009); Blanck v. Hager, 360 F. Supp.2d 1137 (D. Nev. 2005); Nat. Right to Life P.A. Com. v. Friends of Bryan, 741 F.Supp. 807, 813 (D. Nev. 1990); J.J. Industries, LLC v. B. Bennett, 19 Nev. 269, 71 P.3d 1264, 1268 (2003); Wichinsky v. Mosa, 109 Nev. 84, 88, 847 P.2d 727 (1993); Sutherland v. Gross, 105 Nev. 192, 772 P.2d 1287, 1288 (Nev. 1989); M & R Inv. Co. v. Goldsberry, 707 P.2d 1143 (Nev. 1985).  The court must ask whether the defendant pursued an improper objective of harming the plaintiff or used wrongful means that in fact caused an injury to the contractual relationship.  Nat’l Right to Life P.A. Com. v. Friends of Bryan, 741 F.2d 807 (D. Nev. 1998).

 

See elements for other claims at the Nevada Law Library

About the Author

Jay Young is a Las Vegas, Nevada attorney. His practice focuses on business law, business litigation, and acting as an Arbitrator and Mediator.

Mr. Young can be reached at 702.667.4868 or at jay@h2law.com.