Upholding tortious interference judgment against competing corporation and former employee

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UNPUBLISHED

Mantyla, Louden, and Techcom appeal a judgment in favor of Telematrix for money damages after the latter prevailed on the theories of breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference with a business relationship with Cummins. The Appellants present the following consolidated and restated issues for review:

1. Did the trial court commit clear error in determining that Louden breached his fiduciary duties to Telematrix?
2. Did the trial court commit clear error in concluding that Mantyla and Techcom tortiously interfered with Telematrix’s business relationship with Cummins?
3. Did the trial court err in awarding $152,577.17 in damages to Telematrix?

Conclusion (slip op. at 24):  Affirmed.

Key Analysis (slip op. at 15, 19):  Louden’s actions on behalf of Techcom before June 10, 2005 were instrumental in causing Cummins to switch from Telematrix to Techcom at that time, and earlier than would otherwise have happened . . . In inducing Louden to breach his fiduciary duty to Telematrix, and in misrepresenting the nature of Louden’s relationship with Techcom at the time, Mantyla and Techcom acted “illegally” within the meaning of the elements of tortious interference with a business relationship.

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