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When someone defames a business or someone who is working in a business for the work or role they are performing, it is called defamation per se. The burden is less to prove because it effects someone's livelihood. There is a possibility a reference to a business indicating a tie to an alleged defamation can create a cause of action (a claim) of defamation per se. It does depend on the facts and whether there can be some proof of damages, like lost profits, or less customers, etc. We can discuss more if you would like to do so.
Hi Ben: Without more tie to the business, or an actually defamation of the business, there would appear to be no claim. Let's say though a spouse of a business owner is defamed with the intent of harming the business, then possibility there is a claim. So, if a spouse is defamed without some tie to the business, the the business would not have a claim; but if the defamation of the spouse is related to the business, then the business could have a claim. We can discuss more if you would like to do so.
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