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Tortious Interference Law
Alpha/Omega Insurance Services, Inc. v. The Prudential Isurance Company of America

In July 1991, Prudential appointed Alpha/Omega as a "special agent," authorized to write and sell Prudential's property and casualty insurance.(1) On December 7, 1995, Prudential gave Alpha/Omega notice that it was terminating this agency relationship on December 31, 1995. Alpha/Omega immediately protested Prudential's failure to provide it six months' written notice of termination and continued r... More...   $0 (11-06-2001 - TX)

Amco Builders & Developers, Inc. v. Team Ace Joint Venture

This action involves claims for breach of contract and tortious interference with a contractual relationship arising out of a construction project for the City of Detroit. Defendants-Appellants Acme Demolition/Intervale Joint Venture and Intervale Excavating & Demolition, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “defendants”) appeal as of right from the trial court’s entry of a defau... More...   $0 (11-02-2001 - MI)

Davis v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. d/b/a Sam's Club

On September 10, 1992, Thomas Davis was fatally injured, while operating a forklift, when the driver of the produce truck he was unloading pulled away from the loading dock prematurely. As a result of this incident, appellee Bernadine Davis, the wife of Thomas Davis, brought an action against appellant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (“Wal-Mart”) and a co-worker. Davis settled the claim with t... More...   $0 (10-31-2001 - OH)

Hoffman & Wartwell, P.C. v. Marcie Ann Millard

Appellants Marcie Ann Millard and Kathleen Solomon appeal by delayed leave granted from an order of the trial court imposing sanctions against Millard and Solomon in the amount of $49,797.95 for filing a frivolous countercomplaint and third-party complaint. We affirm.

Millard had worked as the office manager at plaintiff law firm and was discovered to have embezzled a substantial amount of ... More...   $42675 (10-26-2001 - MI)

William R. Vowell v. Fairfield Bay Community Club

Appellant, William R. Vowell, individually and as president and officer of Finally Communities, Inc., Finally Computer Corporation, Inc., and Finally Properties, Inc., brings the instant appeal challenging an order of the Van Buren County Chancery Court: (1) granting an injunction in favor of appellee, Fairfield Bay Community Club, Inc., and restraining Vowell from taking any action directly or in... More...   $0 (10-18-2001 - AR)

Kinback Corp. v. Quaker Construction Mgt., Inc.

Before the court for disposition is the defendant’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint in this case involving a contract dispute. The plaintiff is Kinback Corporation, (hereinafter “Kinback”), a private corporation in the business of electrical construction and maintenance work, and the defendant is Quaker Construction Management, Inc., (hereinafter “Quak... More...   $0 (10-16-2001 - PA)


Plaintiff, Venkata P.S. Puttagunta, appeals as of right from a judgment of no cause of action entered following an order granting Hurley Medical Center’s motion for directed verdict. Plaintiff also appeals an order granting partial summary disposition to Hurley on his claim of tortious interference with advantageous business relationships. We affirm.

I. Directed Verdict

To understand... More...   $0 (10-12-2001 - MI)

The Buchanan Company v. Methode Electronics, Inc., et al.

Plaintiff appeals as of right from the trial court’s order granting summary disposition to defendants pursuant to MCR 2.116(C)(10) on plaintiff’s breach of contract, implied contract, tortious interference, and declaratory judgment claims.1 We affirm.

This case arose out an agreement between plaintiff, a manufacturer’s representative company, and defendant Merit (Malta), L... More...   $0 (10-12-2001 - MI)

Gregory L. Pabich v. Randy Kellar

Appellee Randy Kellar brought suit against appellant Gregory Pabich for tortious interference with a business relationship, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud. The jury found for Kellar on all issues, and the judgment awarded him $3,083,273.97 in actual and exemplary damages, as well as $433,273.97 in prejudgment interest. Pabich challenges the jury’s findings that he breached his fiduc... More...   $0 (10-11-2001 - TX)

Popular Bank of Florida v. R.C. Asesores Financieros, C.A.

This is an appeal from a final judgment entered in a breach of contract case after a jury trial as well as a cross-appeal from the dismissal of a claim for tortious interference with a business relationship. We affirm the final judgment and reverse the dismissal of the tortious interference claim.

Appellant, Popular Bank of Florida (“Popular Bank”), is chartered under the laws of t... More...   $0 (10-10-2001 - FL)

Barbara Conner, M.D. v. Lavaca Hospital District

Barbara Conner, M.D. and Harvey Renger, Jr., M.D. (collectively "the Doctors") appeal the district court's partial grant of summary judgment to the Lavaca Hospital District, its board of directors, and its medical director (collectively "the Defendants"). We affirm.


From 1992 through part of 1997, the Doctors, both practitioners of family medicine, worked at the Lavaca Family Health C... More...   $0 (09-28-2001 - TX)

U.S.F.&G v. Vanderbilt University, et al.

Nearly fifty years after conducting an experiment in which over eight hundred pregnant women ingested a liquid substance that - unbeknownst to the women - contained radioactive iron isotopes, Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center ("Vanderbilt") were sued in a class action lawsuit. Vanderbilt settled the lawsuit and then sought indemnity from its insurers, St. Paul Fire... More...   $0 (09-28-2001 - TN)

Donald A. Donofry, et ux. v. Autotote Systems, Inc.

This is defendant's appeal from a verdict entered after a bench trial on a whistleblower claim brought under the Conscientious Employees' Protection Act (CEPA), N.J.S.A. 34:19-1 to -8. Plaintiff cross-appeals the dismissal of his punitive damages claim as well as his tort claim against the individual defendant. The primary issues raised by this appeal are the proper burden of proof and the suffici... More...   $0 (09-27-2001 - NJ)

Sea Coast Food, Inc. v. Lu-Mar Lobster and Shrimp, Inc., et al.

Sea Coast and Lu-Mar had a joint venture for the sale of shrimp on the wholesale market. Lu-Mar was to sell shrimp, at cost, to Sea Coast which would then market and re-sell the shrimp. The parties agreed to split the profits from the re-sales equally. Pursuant to the terms of the venture, from June, 1995 through December, 1997, approximately $28,000,000 worth of shrimp was sold to Sea Coast... More...   $0 (09-25-2001 - CA)

Sea Coast Food, Inc. v. Lu-Mar Lobster and Shrimp, Inc., et al.

Sea Coast and Lu-Mar had a joint venture for the sale of shrimp on the wholesale market. Lu-Mar was to sell shrimp, at cost, to Sea Coast which would then market and re-sell the shrimp. The parties agreed to split the profits from the re-sales equally. Pursuant to the terms of the venture, from June, 1995 through December, 1997, approximately $28,000,000 worth of shrimp was sold to Sea Coast... More...   $0 (09-25-2001 - CA)

IDS Life Insurance Company, et al. v. Royal Allicance Associates

The plaintiffs appeal from an order confirming a decision by an arbitration panel that denied the plaintiffs all the relief they had sought. The plaintiffs are a securities broker-dealer and a life insurance company, both owned by American Express and both members of the National Association of Securities Dealers (the insurance company sells variable annuities, which are considered secu... More...   $0 (09-12-2001 - IL)

Celia G. Zimmerman v. Direct Federal Credit Union, et al.

This appeal is the aftermath of a jury verdict that awarded plaintiff-appellee Celia Zimmerman $200,000 in compensatory damages and $400,000 in punitive damages on her claim for retaliation and an additional $130,000 in compensatory damages on her claim for tortious interference with advantageous relations.(1) Resolving the appeal requires us to realign the standard of review applicable to appeals... More...   $0 (09-04-2001 - MA)

Michael Blackard, et al. v. Memphis Area Medical Center for Women, Inc.

Plaintiffs, Michael, Sharon and Ashley Blackard, filed the instant action in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee alleging that Defendants, Memphis Area Medical Center for Women, Inc. ("MCW") and Fazel Manejwala, M.D., violated the Tennessee Parental Consent for Abortion by Minors Act (the "Act" or the "Parental Consent Act"), Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 37-10-301... More...   $0 (08-24-2001 - TN)

The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. v. The Bridgewater Candle Company, Inc.

Yankee Candle Company ("Yankee"), a leading manufacturer of scented candles, sued competitor Bridgewater Candle Company ("Bridgewater") on counts of copyright infringement and trade dress infringement under federal law, as well as on state claims of common law trade dress infringement, tortious interference, and deceptive trade practices under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 93A. The district court granted su... More...   $0 (08-07-2001 - MA)

Eileen A. Logan v. Denny's, Inc.

Eileen Logan, an African-American female who had been employed by Defendant as a server for more than ten years, filed a seven-count complaint in the district court alleging, among other things, that Defendant violated her civil rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by engaging in discriminatory treatment which led to Plaintiff's constructive discharge. On July 29, 1998, Defendan... More...   $0 (08-07-2001 - OH)

Burkhart Grob Luft und Raumfahrt Gmbh & Co. K.G. v. E-Systmes, Inc.

Burkhart Grob Luft und Raumfahrt GmbH & Co. KG ("Grob") sued E-Systems, Inc. ("E-Systems") for breach of contract, breach of a duty of good faith and fair dealing, tortious interference with a prospective business opportunity, and fraud arising out of the efforts of the two companies to win a government contract. A jury found for Grob on the fraud claim alone and awarded Grob $1 in actual damages ... More...   $1 (08-03-2001 - TX)

Cincinnati Insurance Company v. Eastern Atlantic Insurance Company

The plaintiff in this diversity suit (governed, all agree, by Illinois law) is an insurance company that we'll call "Cincinnati." The complaint seeks a declaration that Cincinnati has no duty to defend the two defendants, "Eastern" and "Integrity," under the basic liability policy that it had issued to them and under an umbrella liability policy that it had issued to Integrity alone. Eas... More...   $0 (08-02-2001 - IL)

International Sales & Service, Inc. v. Austral Insulated Products, Inc.

International Sales & Service, Inc. ("ISS") sued Austral Insulated Products, Inc. ("Austral") for tortious interference with an advantageous business relationship. After the jury returned a verdict for ISS, the district court entered judgment as a matter of law for Austral. We affirm.


ISS was a distributor of, and manufacturer's representative for, various products, principally avia... More...   $0 (07-30-2001 - FL)

Cove v. Carter, et al.

[1] Manley C. Gove Sr. and Tri Berwick Realty, Inc., (collectively, Gove) appeal from the judgment of the Superior Court (York County, Fritzsche, J.) granting a summary judgment to Jonathan L. Carter, the town manager for the Town of Wells. Gove contends that the Superior Court erred in concluding that Carter was entitled to immunity from his suit pursuant to the Maine Tort Claims Act, 14 M... More...   $0 (07-27-2001 - ME)

Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company

The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company ("3M") produces and markets a product known as carrier tape. When the company discovered that three of its employees had formed Accu- Tech Plastics ("Accu-Tech") to manufacture and market resin sheeting, the essential component of carrier tape, 3M brought suit. After dismissing certain 3M claims pursuant to Accu-Tech's summary judgment motio... More...   $0 (07-25-2001 - WI)

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