8.1 Economic Torts - Introduction

Welcome to the first lesson of the eighth topic in this module guide - Economic Torts! Tort recognises that, as with personal integrity or property, one’s business or livelihood can be open to negligent or intentional acts. As such, the law provides a framework by which malicious actors may be prevented from destroying an individual financially.

At the end of this section, you should be comfortable with the two primary categories of economic tort: procuring a breach of contract; and causing a loss by unlawful means. This section begins by looking at each of these categories, their necessary elements and the defences to them. Attention is then turned to conspiracy, a useful consideration here since it is often ancillary to the two primary categories of economic tort.

Goals for this section:

  • To understand and be able to apply the law relating to economic torts.

Objectives for this section:

  • To know the law applicable to defendants who procure a breach of contract.
  • To understand when a loss has been caused by unlawful means.
  • To be able to identify whether a defence to an economically tortious act applies in certain factual circumstances.
  • To know whether a conspiracy has taken place.

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