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Commercial Litigation Landlord Tenant Law

Say it Ain’t So! Tortious Interference with a Sublease By a Master Landlord

A South Carolina appellate court recently affirmed a trial court’s decision that a landlord had tortiously interfered with a sublease by terminating the master lease after a fire damaged the subject building and such landlord was liable to the subtenant for punitive damages.

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Recently, in Sea Island Food Grp., LLC v. Yaschik Dev. Co., Inc., a South Carolina appellate court affirmed a trial court’s decision that: 1) a landlord had tortiously interfered with a sublease by terminating the master lease after a fire damaged the subject building; and 2) such landlord was liable to the subtenant for punitive damages. See, 433 S.C. 278, 857 S.E.2d 902 (Ct. App. 2021), reh’g denied (May 12, 2021).

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