Store visitor posted photos of isolated incident to online internet forum and slandered our business. Also threatened us.

Asked 5 months ago - Pinetop, AZ

We have received two phone calls from this individual screaming at us on the phone. He had even gone so far as calling the police on one of the employees for threats, which was not true. This individual has threatened to hurt an employee.

This occurred after sharing an isolated incident of an issue online that was out of our control. This has been seen by over 30,000 potential customers. There is no proof of his accusations, and now he is destroying our business without realistic proof of what he is accusing us of.

We are in a tough spot for money and have considered a cease and desist but it is out of our budget. We also cannot afford to put a lawyer on retention at this time. What can we do?

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  1. Ryan McPhie

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    Answered . This is a tough situation. I appreciate that you need to be general about what this "isolated incident" may have been. You need to be able to sit down with a slander/libel attorney and go through the gory details in confidence. Most will do a free or low-cost initial consultation and will provide their view of your options.

  2. Jay J Hall

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    Answered . So you know, the burden to prove the "accusations" are false is yours, it isn't his burden to prove they're true. If you wish to pursue this, you'll need to retain a local attorney. Many attorneys, including my firm, offer complimentary consultations and flexible fee arrangements. The ominous "retainer" is being replaced by fee structures personalized to your needs and your budget. Hope this helps.

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  3. Charles P. Ward

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    Answered . Not sure--need to consult with an attorney who handles this type of case--check avvo for a listing of attorneys. Good luck.

    *This information should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

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