Janvrin v. Continental Resources, Inc., No. 17-2661 (8th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
Continental appealed from a jury determination that it had tortiously interfered with the business relationship of plaintiff and CTAP. The Eighth Circuit affirmed and held that the evidence was sufficient to support a conclusion that Continental acted with intent to interfere in the plaintiff-CTAP business relationship, either by desiring to bring the interference about or knowing that the interference was substantially certain to occur; sufficient evidence existed to permit the jury to find that Continental’s interference was improper and that Continental was the legal cause of plaintiff's injury; substantial evidence supported the jury's award of punitive damages; and the district court did not err by denying Continental's motion for a new trial. The court also held that the district court did not abuse its discretion when instructing the jury on improper interference.