Thank you for taking the time to supply so much excellent information.
It sounds to me as though you should file a lawsuit against the other company and at the same time ask for a restraining order (injunction) against them allowing posters to post false information. One of the torts (civil claims) you can make against the other company is "tortious interference with a business." You'll probably want to file this in federal court since it's an internet issue and involves more than one state.
Do you already have a corporate attorney? What you'll need is a large law firm with a lot of bucks and experience in different areas of the law, as opposed to someone who would be overwhelmed by such as small case.
I'd suggest one of the large firms that have experience with one business suing another.
Yes, this is going to cost you a lot of money upfront, but, on the positive side, there is the possibility that you can stop the practice and also win some damages from the other company - if that is you can prove that the statements being posted are lies.
As far as stealing employees, do you have them sign a non-compete agreement at the time of hire? You should consider that, too.
I'm limited in how far I can help you on this board. I can't recommend particular attorneys or anything.
One of the first steps you should take is interviewing several attorneys/law firms and decide which one you like best, XXXXX XXXXX you have to pay for an hour's consultation at three different firms. You will be hiring an expensive "employee" and have will need to have complete confidence in the firm.
Best of luck to you. I'd love to hear from you in a month with an update so that I know you're making some progress.
Act right away and least get a temporary restraining order (injunction) for right now.
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