How to proceed with a lawsuit for unlawful interferencewith a business and theft of proprietary information?

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How to proceed with a lawsuit for unlawful interferencewith a business and theft of proprietary information?

I contracted with a e-commerce company to redesign and host our site. Was doing $1M per year. Paid an upfront fee and a monthly fee. After about 2 years I found they were using our product database without our permission to sell our products on their sites. Company admitted to this. Have copies of e-mails, code used to access our database, and background information on founders, employees and investors. Have documents to prove that rather than adhere to their contract they were actually trying to run us out of business, which they did. Ruined financially.I need to speak with a litigation attorney on acontingency arrangement. In DeKalb County, GA.

Asked on January 26, 2011 under Business Law, Georgia

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the company for breach of contract.  In addition to breach of contract as a cause of action (claim) in your lawsuit, you should include a separate cause of action for interference with contract if they interfered with existing contracts you had with other customers.  If there weren't any existing customers, then your cause of action would be for interference with prospective advantage for using your product database and selling your product on their sites.

Your damages (the amount you are seeking to recover in your lawsuit) would be your lost income.


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