Eric P. Voigt


This Article summarizes and analyzes each element of a claim for tortious interference with a contract or a business relationship under Ohio law. It argues that certain conduct should constitute tortious interference and that other conduct should not. Although my Article focuses on Ohio law, it has a national application. The Article argues that the law of tortious interference should be developed to further competition, to protect the contractual rights of parties, and to encourage freedom of action for the alleged interferer. This Article (1) discusses when businesses and competitors may lawfully interfere with the contracts or business relationships of others, an issue that arises frequently in the business world; (2) analyzes the flaws in Ohio's ill-defined tortious interference law; and (3) argues that Ohio courts should adopt four new standards, which are based on the law of jurisdictions outside of Ohio and public policies. To guide readers through the Article, the Article discusses a hypothetical situation where a client (a manufacturer of alarm clocks, Sleepy, Inc.) seeks legal advice regarding the viability of its tortious interference claims against Sleepy's competitor (Wake-Up Later, Inc.) and former salesperson (Traitor Tom).

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