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At large, unlawful, and means: threatening business pays from rare tort at Court of Appeal

When business gets nasty, tort law gets interesting. When someone knowingly sets out to harm others, the common law gives victims special tools to seek redress. One is the tort known variously as “unlawful means” or “intentional inference with economic relations”. Last month, the Ontario Court of Appeal used it to uphold damages in favour of a transporter who displeased a financier over the timeliness of accounts receivable payments. The financier retaliated through a variety of unlawful means to compel payment. By intentionally inflicting economic harm on the transporter, the financier opened the door to “damages at large”. As a result, the transporter won $175,000 at trial, ... [more] Full article

“Intentional interference with economic relations” now called “unlawful means tort” – Supreme Court of Canada clarifies test for tort

The tort of unlawful interference with economic relations has also been referred to as “interference with a trade or business by unlawful means”, “intentional interference with economic relations”, “causing loss ... [more] Full article

Court of Appeal Upholds $3 Million Judgment in Bad Faith Revocation Case

In its decision released earlier this year in Rosenhek v. Windsor Regional Hospital,[i] the Court of Appeal for Ontario affirmed a $3 million judgment awarded to a doctor in his action against a hospital arising from the denial of hospital privileges to him. The Court concluded that the hospital’s Board of Governors had acted in bad faith in summarily revoking the doctor’s hospital privileges primarily because he didn’t “fit in” with his fellow staff members. [more] Full article

Hello! case says goodbye to confusion in economic torts

House of Lords clarifies scope of economic torts

The House of Lords recently curtailed the scope of the torts of inducing breach of contract and unlawful interference, and expanded the reach of the tort of breach of confidence to cover a situation where a newspaper paid for the exclusive right to print photos of a celebrity wedding. [more] Full article

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