A Framework Emerges - Recent developments in the Law of Intentional Economic Torts


Economic torts provide relief in relation to intentional interference with economic interests. This collection of torts can be divided into two categories: deceptive market practices and improper market practices. This paper concerns itself exclusively with the latter, examining the torts of inducing breach of contract, unlawful interference with economic interests and civil conspiracy.

The objective of this paper is to set out the necessary elements for the three types of improper market practices torts: the inducement tort, the unlawful interference tort and the tort of civil conspiracy. After providing a brief history, the second and third sections will examine the inducement tort and the unlawful interference tort, respectively, and the fourth section will highlight the differences between the two. The fifth section will examine the tort of civil conspiracy. This paper will conclude with some thoughts on the future of the torts governing improper market practices in Canada.

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