Slander

Asked 12 months ago - Tonopah, NV

i was on a service call and this lady pulls up in front of me telling these people that i was a crook and not to be trusted i will rip them off. I live in a small town and own a auto service center i have lost around 5000.00 dollars in business in the last week because of her what do i do

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  1. Richard S. Johnson

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    Answered . You may have a claim for defamation, but more information is needed. You should speak with an attorney in your area. You may also look into small claims court given the amount at issue.

    If you would like a free consultation, call me at 702-823-3333. www.naimidilbeck.com
  2. Alan James Brinkmeier

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    Answered . Publicly claiming you are a criminal may be defamation per se. More is needed. Pursue legal counsel to vindicate your name

  3. Robert K. Erlanger

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    Answered . You definitely need to consult with a Nevada attorney who has experience with defamation (slander) cases, particularly given your loss. You will need to document how the loss you quantified is directly related to the slanderous statements. If the loss is related as you state, it will make it easier to prove that other people took the woman's statements of fact rather than non-actionable opinion.

  4. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Most defamation lawyers want a $5,000.00 retainer just to begin work on a defamation case, so unless your losses are significant, the costs may exceed the recovery. However, call a local defamation lawyer nonetheless.

  5. Ryan Alexander

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    Answered . As Christian noted, the costs of the attorney and the economist/CPA required to PROVE actual lost income and lost opportunities in court will far exceed $5,000.

    Generally, you have to be talking about big numbers (ie. hundreds of thousands or millions) to pique a lawyer's interest in a slander/libel case. Even the most obvious situations of defamation become bitter, nasty cases.

    Clark County, Nevada practitioner.

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