Tortious Interference with Business Expectancy in Washington

Updated: Sep 11

The elements of an tortious interference with business expectancy claim in Washington.

What is an tortious interference with business expectancy (TIBE) claim in Washington?


An tortious interference with business expectancy claim is similar to an interference with contractual relations claim in Washington. The difference is that with an TIBE claim, no contract exists. An TIBE claim occurs in WA when one party uses improper tactics to impede the other party's prospect of entering into a contract with a third party.


Specifically, to recover on a cause of action for tortious interference with business expectancy, the plaintiff must prove:


(1) That at the time of the conduct at issue, (name of plaintiff) had a business [relationship] [or] [expectancy] with a probability of future economic benefit for (name of plaintiff);

(2) That (name of defendant) knew of the existence of that business [relationship] [or] [expectancy];

(3) That (name of defendant) intentionally induced or caused the termination of the business [relationship] [or] [expectancy];

(4) That (name of defendant)'s interference was for an improper purpose or by improper means; and

(5) That the conduct of (name of defendant) was a proximate cause of damages to (name of plaintiff).


If a defendant acts for more than one purpose, his improper purpose must predominate in order to create liability.

If you have more questions about intentional interference with prospective contractual relations in Vancouver, Washington, or breach of contract cases in general, please contact In-house | On-site to speak with a Washington lawyer.

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