Hi there. I understand how this would be deeply offensive and make you want to consider what options are available to you. You may in fact have an action for slander. Let me explain what slander is and then you can make the determination whether or not it is something you wish to pursue.
I am going to provide you information on both slander and libel since they are so closely related and so often confused with each other.
Both involve the communication of false information about a person, group or entity. Libel is any defamation that can be seen....writings, printing, effigy, movie or statue. Slander, is any defamation that is spoken and heard.
They are civil injuries that harm reputation, cause a reduction in respect, regard or confidence, or cause disparaging, hostile or disagreeable opinions or feelings against an individual or entity.
The laws regarding libel and slander are the same.
To prevail in a suit for libel or slander and recover damages, you must prove 4 things: (i) the defendant conveyed a defamatory message they knew or should have known to be false; (ii) the material was published (i.e., conveyed to someone other than you); (iii) you can be identified as the the person referred to in the defamatory material; and (iv) you suffered an injury to your reputation as a result of the communication.
I hope this has given you the guidance you were seeking. I wish you the best of luck!
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Being that you live in New Jersey, the claim would have sufficient ties New Jersy to allow you to file the suit in New Jersey. They may try to have it removed to Florida...but I would force them to attempt this and even then I doubt the court would allow it. It comes down to facts and circumstances so I can't give you an absolute...just my thoughts based on experience. Best of luck to you!
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