Lumley v. Gye
118 Eng. Rep. 749 (K.B. 1853).
Lumley had an agreement with Wagner to have Wagner sing at his opera house. Gye maliciously procured her away so Lumley sued.
- Note: These cases are taken out of employment at will, since there’s a definite term, or some definite act.
Does Lumley have a valid cause of action against Gye for interfering?
Tortious interference with a contract. The elements of tortious interference with a contract are
(1) a contract between the plaintiff and a third party;
(2) defendant’s knowledge of the contract;
(3) the defendant intentionally engaged in acts or conduct designed to induce the third party to breach the contract with the plaintiff;
(4) the defendant’s conduct induced the third party to breach the contract with the plaintiff; and
(5) damage to the plaintiff.