The Federation of Retail Newsagents decided to boycott the Daily Mirror for a week to persuade its publishers to pay higher margins, and advised them accordingly. The publishers sought an injunction saying the Federation was procuring a breach of the wholesalers’ running contracts with the publishers to take a given number of copies each day. The defendant said that it was a case of indirect inducement because the Federation ‘did not exert directly any pressure or inducement on the wholesalers: but at most they only did it indirectly by recommending the retailers to give stop orders.’
Held: Lord Denning said that it did not matter whether one procured a breach of contract ‘by direct approach to the one who breaks his contract or by indirect influence through others’.
Lord Denning MR, Russell LJ
 2 QB 762
England and Wales
Cited – Douglas and others v Hello! Ltd and others; similar HL 2-May-2007
In Douglas, the claimants said that the defendants had interfered with their contract to provide exclusive photographs of their wedding to a competing magazine, by arranging for a third party to infiltrate and take and sell unauthorised photographs. . .
Cited – Total Network Sl v Revenue and Customs HL 12-Mar-2008
The House was asked whether an action for unlawful means conspiracy was available against a participant in a missing trader intra-community, or carousel, fraud. The company appealed a finding of liability saying that the VAT Act and Regulations . .
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Updated: 13 January 2021; Ref: scu.251732