Heather Bridwell obtained summary judgment on behalf of a realtor who was sued by the plaintiff for conspiracy to intentionally interfere with a business relationship. The realtor represented one of the owners of a home that was part of a divorce proceeding. The plaintiff alleged that the realtor and the plaintiff’s ex-husband conspired to interfere with the sale of the home. The defense argued that there can be no tort of intentional interference with a business relationship when the alleged co-conspirator (the ex-husband) was a necessary party to the contract that was allegedly interfered with, and that the evidence showed that the realtor committed no independent act to interfere with the sell of the home. The court agreed and granted summary judgment.
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