I am a developer in NH. I'm currently involved in a dispute where I am suing an individual for services rendered in small claims court. This person has emailed at least one person on two different occasions calling me a criminal, an extortionist, and saying that I have maliciously hacked his website. (Which is an extremely serious allegation in my field).
He says that I'm dangerous and that they should be wary of working with me. I'm sure this is trade defamation, but there is no real way to prove loss at this point. I'm curious if this has risen to the level of defamation per se? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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