NYC small claims.....5K maximum. For which court....see page 6 of:
And the above site on how to file, cost, etc.
You could sue for defamation and get an injunction if you feel you qualify.....
Here is the law on defamation:
1. The slander (oral defamation) or libel (written defamation) must be false. NOTE THAT IF YOU BRING A LAWSUIT...TRUTH OF THE STATEMENTS IS A DEFENSE THAT CAN BE USED BY THE DEFENDANT. 2. The false statements must cause you PROVABLE MONETARY DAMAGES...not hurt feelings but actual monetary damages that a jury can award you money for. For instance, you must prove that as a result of statements made, you were fired from a job, or were prevented from getting a job, lost a business deal. etc.
Slander or libel suits do NOT, however, require proof of these 'special' damages if the statements are defamatory ON THEIR FACE, that is, they FALSELY allege that a person:
1. Committed a crime.
2. Has a loathesome disease.
3. Is guilty of sexual misconduct. or
4. Is incompetent in business.
You will have to hire an attorney to bring a defamation of character lawsuit as a practical matter.
This is information only, NOT legal advice. No attorney-client relationship has been created. Consult an attorney in your state for legal advice regarding your issue.
You cannot use small claims court. In NYC you can go to Civil Court (25K max) otherwise Supreme Court.
Rich NYC lawyer 30+ years.
This is information only, NOT legal advice. No attorney-client relationship has been created.
1. No defamation suits in small claims...they have no power by statute to decide such a case. Also, no jurisdiction over out of state defendants.
2. I can't represent you for two reasons: JA rules and I live in Los Angeles though a member of the NY bar.
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