Summary judgment victory in tortious interference case

McDowell Rice’s client was successful in defeating Defendant’s motion for summary judgment arguing that Plaintiff’s claims for tortious interference were barred as compulsory counterclaims, by collateral estoppel and because Plaintiffs could not prove their claims because Defendant’s communications were legally justified. In addition, McDowell, Rice’s client was also granted summary judgment on Defendant’s counterclaims, which the Court ruled were barred by res judicata. Plaintiff’s claims will now proceed to trial. Kristie Orme was lead counsel as the motions were argued at a July 8, 2013 hearing before Judge Hauber in Johnson County District Court.