The Anderson Herald Bulletin's reports on a slightly different sort of third party interference with contract. However, after reading Pepelea wants $75K from city, I am have some major questions.
On the face of it this is a good case of third-party interference with a contract except for one thing. Was there a contract between the city and Anthem which gave Pepelea any rights?
After the contract was approved, it was sent to Anthem officials for them to sign. An unknown city employee contacted Anthem officials and told them to put the contract on hold until Jan. 1, when Ockomon, a Democrat, took office, according to the notice.
Not that Pepelea is out of luck entirely. Without a contract, Pepelea would have a case for intentional interference with a business relationship and/or interference with a prospective advantage. If his attorney remembered to add these claims to the tort claims notice.