Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Tortious interference has its roots in common law. It occurs when a party intentionally interferes with the reasonable business expectations of another, yielding damages. There are two common types of tortious interference claims:

Authors: Emily L. Hussey

  • Tortious interference with an existing contract; and
  • Tortious interference with prospective business relations.

The typical circumstances in which tortious interference with a contract claim arises involve when a third party convinces a party to a contract to breach the existing contract or otherwise prevents him or her from performing his or her obligations under the contract. To read more, please visit