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Preventing costly interference between business relationships

For many Kentucky businesses, one of the most important assets is their core competencies and strengths that allow them to make a unique impression in their industry. Protecting these strengths, sensitive strategic information and other confidential market data may enable them to gain a competitive advantage on their competition. Unfortunately, there are times when interference between business relationships can create a conflict of interest or compromise the intellectual safety of a company. 

Preventing interference from occurring and resulting in costly consequences is best achieved when a company takes the time to educate its employees on the importance of maintaining integrity, ethical conduct and confidentiality even under pressure. According to, a company may sue for tortious interference if a competitor's company engages in wrongful interference in a relationship that the company values. For example, if the competitor persuades a customer to opt out of their contract or if they try to encourage an employee to come work for them, this can amount to a tortious interference. Wrongful behavior can cause economic strife for the victim company and create organizational inefficiencies. 

Investopedia shares several helpful strategies with small businesses who wish to protect themselves from potential lawsuits resulting from wrongful interference. Some of the things they can do include the following:

  • They should keep personal and business relationships separate. 
  • They should have a reliable way to protect their sensitive information and files. 
  • They should invest in an insurance policy that is customized to meet their needs.

Companies can also benefit from encouraging their employees to be watchful of the things they say and do in regards to their work. Additionally, they can encourage responsible behavior to guarantee the company is able to maintain a positive public image.  

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