Civil Litigation - Tortious Interference with Contractual Relations

Summary of Pennsylvania Decisions

Walnut Street Associates, Inc. v. Brokerage Concepts, Inc., No. 9 EAP 2010 (Pa., May 13, 2011)

Holding: Truth is a defense to a claim for tortious interference with a contractual relationship pursuant to the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 772(a), which provides that one who intentionally causes a third person not to perform or enter into a contract with another does not interfere improperly with the other’s contractual relation by giving the third person truthful information. In so ruling, the Court specifically adopted Section 772(a), which it noted merely explicates the longstanding, existing rule concerning improper interference.