Torts Keyed to Dobbs
Caruso v. Local Union No. 690 of International Brotherhood of Teamsters
The Appellee, owner of a carpeting business, owned a parking lot not far from his Spokane store. He leased parking spaces to local motorists. Periodically, commercial vehicles would block access to the lot and on one such occasion the Appellee went to the lot in an attempt to negotiate the removal of one such vehicle. The vehicle, a beer truck, belonged to a member of the Appellant Union. Caruso, noticing the keys were in the truck, moved the vehicle himself. The vehicle was subsequently towed and the truck owner and the Appellee got into a heated dispute. Shortly thereafter, the union published a piece in its newsletter urging its membership to boycott the Appellee’s business. The Appellee began to receive harassing telephone calls and under economic pressure precipitated by the boycott eventually relocated his business. The Appellee brought an action against the union for interference with business relations and a jury rendered judgment in his favor. The appellate court affi rmed.
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