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Hi, wow, sorry about these troubles. Ok so let me ask you, do you have any e-mails or letters or texts verifying or supporting the defamation? If not then it would be slander if it were just the spoken word. SO in these instances the truth would be a defense for any claim or action for slander or defamation. Ask yourself could your ex partner conceivably make out a case that would carry the day for him or her. If not are there any witnesses that could provide testimony to support your allegations? Even the customer himself. Be careful here because under depositions or cross examination in court the defense could refute earlier testimony. The most telling support would be for you to determine in dollars how much you have been damaged. In order to make it work for an attorney the damages would need to be fairly significant to make the suit worthwhile. That said you could bring an action in small claims if the damages are not great and might be better for you. You would sue locally and bring your evidence to court on the day. Many times these action wind up in a settlement and not trial so if you can angle towards some compensation but not a full blown action then filing an action might be worthwhile. Please let me know if you need more information. Generally these things are tort claims so there is no statute to offer guidance. Best, Sean