Thank you for your reply and additional information
Unprivilege publication means the intentional or negligent publication of false a false statement of fact intended to result in harm. The person who made the statement would be liable for the unprivileged publication, but someone like the court who makes it into public domain would have a conditional privilege (since they are merely placing on record what someone else has said). Hope this makes sense. So the person who made the statement would not have a privilege to make the statement since the initiated the false communication.
The third point was an attempt to clarify the defenses to a defamation cause of action which are: 1) truth, 2) statement of opinion or 3) statement of a belief.
One thing I need to point out is that in Kansas you can sue under a defamation per se
which means that the statement was defamatory on its face even if you did not sustain any present damages. If the communication imputes allegations which will injury in your trade, business, or profession, you can sue without having to prove the last element of damages. So with the new info presented it would appear you have a case for defamation per se since the reference directly affects your profession and the person who made the statement has no privilege since they have intentionally or with negligence made a false statement.
Hope this helps.
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