What are the elements of the tort for interference with a plaintiff's business interests?

Nova Scotia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Thompson v. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, 2020 NSSC 357 (CanLII):

The trial judge properly identified the three essential elements of the tort as traditionally understood: first, the defendant must have intended to injure the plaintiff’s economic interests; secondly, the interference must have been by illegal or unlawful means; and thirdly, the plaintiff must have suffered economic harm or loss as a result: see Alleslev-Krofchak v. Valcom Ltd., 2010 ONCA 557, 322 D.L.R. (4th) 193, and cases cited therein, leave to appeal refused, [2010] S.C.C.A. No 403.

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