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3.15-3  Tortious Interference - Business Expectancy

Revised to January 1, 2008

The first element that the plaintiff must prove is that (he/she/it) had a business expectancy to <identify business expectancy>.   To prove this, the plaintiff must show that (he/she/it) had a reasonable prospect of entering into a contractual or a business relationship.


Hi-Ho Tower, Inc. v. Com-Tronics, Inc., 255 Conn. 20, 29 n.8 (2000); Sportsmen's Boating Corp. v. Hensley, 192 Conn. 747, 753-54 (1984); Busker v. United Illuminating Co., 156 Conn. 456, 461 (1968); Selby v. Pelletier, 1 Conn. App. 320, 323-24 (1984).  See Norden Systems, Inc. v. General Dynamics Corp., Superior Court, judicial district of Stamford, Docket No. CV 89 0101260 (November 8, 1990) (2 Conn. L. Rptr. 766)  (holding that specific identification of a third party to the prospective business relation is required).  See also 4 Restatement (Second) Torts 766B, comment c (1979) (all potentially profitable prospective contractual relations, except those leading to contracts to marry, are protected).


Use this instruction only if the claim is for interference with a business expectancy, rather than an existing contract.


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