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The laws that apply here are the defamation/slander laws, which apply the same to false statements on the internet made by people as they do to false statements made in person.
In general this would be defamation per se and you can sue the party who made the statement for damages and for an injunction to remove the comments. A statement is defamatory per se only if it falls within one of the following categories: (1) imputation of a crime; (2) imputation of a loathsome disease; (3) injury to a person's office, business, profession, or calling; or (4) imputation of sexual misconduct. Gray v. HEB Food Store No. 4, 941 S.W.2d 327, 329
(Tex.App.-Corpus Christi 1997, writ denied). If the jury finds that the defendant made the allegedly defamatory statement about the plaintiff, and the statement is defamatory per se, then the factfinder may presume that the statement injured the plaintiff's reputation. Bentley v. Bunton, 94 S.W.3d 561, 604 (Tex.2002)
. When the presumption applies, the plaintiff is entitled to recover general damages, such as for loss of reputation and mental anguish. Id. At a minimum, the plaintiff in such a case is entitled to nominal damages. Tex. Disposal Sys. Landfill, Inc. v. Waste Mgmt. Holdings, Inc., 219 S.W.3d 563, 581
(Tex.App.-Austin 2007, pet. denied) (citing Bentley, 94 S.W.3d at 604).
Thus, you can file suit against the party making the statements and seek damages. If you do not know who is making the statements, you file suit against John Doe and then you subpoena the internet records from the website to track the identity of the party who posted them to name and serve the proper party.
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