I highly recommend taking another course of action to get the behavior to stop. Instead of spending $300-400 in small claims court to obtain "shock factor", I may consider hiring an attorney to write a simple cease and desist demand letter to the offending party. The demand letter will most likely be less expensive and probably has a better chance of helping to obtain the desired results. Best of Luck.
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I hate the idea of threats which one does not intend to follow through on. The cease and desis letter is a good idea if you intend and do file suit if the behavior does not change. If you are not particularly interested in funds, you can always negotiate a resolution addressing that issue. But my view of threatening a law suit and no intention to follow up is based on the idea that carrying an unloaded gun for protection is not only useless but also dangerous.
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To do what you would like to do in court, you would need to file in the Circuit Court where there is unlimited monetary and equitable jurisdiction. However, since you don't expect to get anything out of this lawsuit, you would be paying a lot for "shock" value. For the same or less money than the filing fee and service costs, I am sure you could retain an attorney to write a cease and desist letter on the attorney's stationary, threatening future possible litigation if the person does not stop slandering you. I bet that does the trick.
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