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Hiring accounting exec was not tortious interference

BALTIMORE, MD — Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications LLC cannot sue the company that hired its chief accounting officer for tortious interference with contract, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held.

Discovery put Falls Church, Va.-based Computer Sciences Corp. on notice of its contract with Thomas Colan after CSC made Colan an offer in 2012, but before the effective date of his resignation from Discovery.

“Significantly, Discovery failed to allege that CSC intentionally interfered with the employment agreement between the date Discovery put CSC on notice … and Colan’s breach of the agreement,” the appeals court said. “Discovery’s complaint alleges that CSC’s intentional interference was the act of employing Colan, but that act occurred after Colan’s resignation.”

The May 1 unpublished per curiam opinion in the case, No. 13-1969, affirms a July 8 ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow in Greenbelt.

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