We compete in dog show events. There is a corporate person which is a vendor. We had a very bad day when our dog won with another competitor. she made horrible accusations about us to others. I kept a file of all documentation she posted about us on facebook and E-mails she said about us. I was furious. On that day, I wanted to hire an attorney. Decided to do nothing, no further contact, no response. Nothing. It is getting worse, now her boss the Corporate International company is spreading horrible things about us. I just got a call from her saying she wanted a copy of the letter her employee sent to us. She said that someone told her I said that. i said there is no such letter I ever received. She said this conversation is over and hung up. Yesterday I received a voicemail from someone (I have the msg saved on computer and phone), saying this Corporate person said I said...blah, blah, blah. It is very damaging to our reputation and it's not stopping. What can I do, this began in March and all I want is for them to leave us alone. This corporate person is very powerful in the dog show world and she is destroying us.
Country relating to Question: United StatesState (if USA): CaliforniaWhat have you tried so far?: Nothing, just tried to do nothing.
Thank you for your question.I am very sorry to hear that you are in this situation. It does appear as if you are being unduly harassed, and without cause. What you may want to consider is sending them a formal 'cease and desist' letter pertaining to their defamatory statements that are directly impacting and injuring you and your reputation, or you will be forced to seek legal action. It may be worth it to consider retaining counsel to send the letter, not because you cannot be articulate yourself, but because the letterhead on which the letter would be sent tends to frighten away the parties about 85% of the time.If they refuse to stop, then consider filing for defamation. To prevail you must show 4 factors:1. a defamatory (untrue) statement2. of or concerning the plaintiff3. communicated to third parties AND4. causes damages, specifically financial damages.Every additional assertion that is repeated is a new set of claims. Truth is the ultimate defense, and also be aware that you must prove every factor if you wish to prevail.In addition, if they refuse to let you be, you may consider stating that you will also pursue harassment claims against them and seek additional damages also.Good luck.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX been horrible for us. We have been showing dogs for 25 years. Nothing like this has ever happened to us. The corporation is Purina which often sponsors the dog shows. What is the best way to prove this? I have the voicemail from another person saying Ms. J is very angry because you told Ms C blah blah blah. How does that work? she said it to someone else. So then Purina person calls me, demands for me to send this letter I received from her employee. I said there is no such letter, she said "this conversation is over". I have E-mails forwarded on to me by other people, calling us horrible names. Because this person is so powerful in the dog show world, no one is going to believe us. I can't make them stop, more weird stuff happens and more rumors start about us. Would the letter go to Purina, or the individual? it costs us thousands and thousands of $$ to make our dog become a champion.
Thank you for your follow-up, Sandra.This letter would go to both parties, meaning the individual and to the company. The company would be more likely to ignore it as they have attorneys on staff, but the individual would be the one who would be far more likely to stop pursuing you. If there is going to be a litigation claim, you would want to join them together as co-defendents especially because the company has deeper pockets than the individual, and therefore far more likely to be able to pay for your injuries should you end up prevailing.Good luck.
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OK, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I find a lawyer that handles this? Here is a sample, its so hard because it's really embarassing
"Oh and then Sandy had to cry, so not impressed by crocodile tears, yah yah Jenn is a mean bitch and Sandy is a big ole crybaby - end of story. After Auto finishes I think I will just work dog shows and not show my personal dogs anymore, just can't deal with the white trash aspect of it all and some of these troll owners are too much. It is always the people who go buy dogs and write checks to handlers, they have nothing invested "
Thank you for your follow-up.What I would suggest is that you browse the listings at www.avvo.com and www.martindale.com. There you can search by fees, location, experience, and expertise. You can also review past client testimonials and peer driven evaluations. You can also consider reaching out to your county bar assocation for a referral.Again, I am sorry that you are in this situation, and those emails may potentially be used to show both defamation and harassment.Good luck.
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