Intentional Torts of Economic Relations: Definition and Elements


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Tommy the orange farmer was angry because Fran, another orange farmer, had many more customers. Tommy made up a story and started telling people that Fran used dangerous pesticides that might make people sick. What is Tommy guilty of?

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1. Bill worked as a lawyer for the law firm of Brown and Jones. A competing law firm wanted Bill to work for them so they called Bill up, asked him to dinner, gave him presents, and then offered him a better contract. Which tortuous behavior has occurred?

2. Tammy is an accountant. Her main competition works around the corner from her office. She wants to take some of the clients from the other accountant during tax season, so she decides to place detour signs that route all traffic to Tammy's office. Her competition does not get any tax customers for several days. Which tortuous behavior has occurred?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge of the three types of tortuous behaviors that interfere with businesses economically. To pass the quiz you'll have to know the differences between injurious falsehood, interference with contractual relations and interference with prospective advantage.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With the help of these assessments, you should be able to:

  • Identify instances where each of the three types of intentional torts applies
  • Identify the key element that must be present in each of these torts

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on intentional torts of economic relations
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of torts
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as injurious falsehood, interference with contractual relations and prospective advantage

Additional Learning

Pull up the lesson called Intentional Torts of Economic Relations: Definition and Elements for more information. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify what all three types of tortuous behaviors have in common
  • Define the key elements in each tortuous behavior
  • Learn about Harwood Pharmacal Co. v. National Broadcasting Company (1961)