Director works for Teacher. Director posts fake testimonials negative about Competitor, and positive about Teacher. Testimonials are made up and not real people or students of Competitor or Teacher. 1. Are fake testimonials illegal? Competitor discovered testimonials fake and posted so on Internet that Teacher was fraud for posting fake testimonials. 2. Did Competitor defame Teacher? Director worked for free so not employee of or paid by Teacher. Teacher knew about Director's fake testimonials 3. Is Teacher liable for Director's fake testimonials?
Posting a fake testimonial is a form of fraud. It doesn't seem like there is a criminal case here, and a civil case is going to cost you more than you can probably collect.
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I agree with Mr. Jaffe. This may not be worthwhile pursuing.
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