Lumley v Gye [1853]

Plaintiff theatre-owner had contract with
singer to perform for certain period.
Defendant rival theatre-owner induced
singer to break contract and sing for him instead.
Majority of Divisional Court held action
for enticement could extend beyond strict relation of master and servant and
embrace other contracts for personal services.
Also some support for view that plaintiff
could sue for knowing violation of any contractual right.
Erle J thought it irrelevant that plaintiff
could also sue singer for damages for breach of contract – the remedy on the
contract might be inadequate.