And if they don't die?They come back to disturb you some more.
I don't think its the act of conducting malicious business that eventually gets one into trouble if they turn out to be within the confines of law. It's the whole coverup and playing innocent that eventually gets to be very tiring.
I am thinking though that if the other company can hire misfits to cause damage then its also something you can get away with although it's not something you might wish to emulate due to the law. You might even employ the law in this case to reduce the potential damage caused by said misfits.
The strategy which I commented on was "Consider non-violent means to victory before violent ones"
My reply was Sun Tzu stated that subduing the enemy without fighting is always a better option,but what happens when the violent conflict is unavoidable?The other company hire ruffians to intimidate your business friends.But the law says it's wrong for you to to use such means back against them.
Not if you have good lawyers who will do things very thoroughly and make sure long bureaucratic process doesn't result.
Sun Tzu favoured conquering without using an army, but worse to worse if they hire ruffians first,you need all the flexiblities in a real war if you want to strike back.They have broken the law and therefore if you do so in return you will have also broken the law.If news of this reaches the police then all the prosecutors to the defense attorneys will be wasting their time in a long bureaucratic mess.
They wouldn't be willing to do threatening since if the word gets out then the real loser aura would be projected onto the opponent's side in a protracted war that is.
This is the reply to my comment on Protracted war right?Even if a client has decided to only do business with you,you will still get stuck in a protracted war(or lack of war) for the remaining years with the rival boss.But if you take over everything via force,the process is much faster and you got everything under you.No need to worry about rivals anymore.Of course if there was a quick non-violent way to end everything once and for all it would be better,but there are none unless the rival boss dies all of a sudden.Other than that,there seems no way to end the rivalry quickly and conquer the competition the same way Helu did in his time.Triads can end the rivalry quickly by threats and force.It is not right legally or ethically since this is business and not war,but that's the way the Art of war can be fully implemented.