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Good morning. Itis likely you have a cause of action for defamation. Let me explain whatdefamation is and then you can make the determination whether or not it issomething you wish to pursue. Iam going to provide you information on both slander and libel since they are soclosely related and so often confused with each other. They are civil injuriesthat harm reputation, cause a reduction in respect, regard or confidence, orcause disparaging, hostile or disagreeable opinions or feelings against anindividual or entity. The laws regarding libel and slander are the same. Toprevail in a defamation suit for libel or slander and recover damages, a person("Person A") must prove 4 things: (i) another person ("PersonB") conveyed adefamatory message they knew or should have known to be false; (ii) thematerial was published (i.e., conveyed to someone other than Person A); (iii)Person A can be identified as the person referred to in the defamatorymaterial; and (iv) Person A suffered an injury to Person A's reputation as aresult of the communication. Typically,before actually filing the suit, you would send them a letter detailing thesituation and demanding that they: i) retract all prior defamatory statementsmade, and ii) cease and desist from making any in the future. Theletter usually resolves the issue because people hate to get sued. If you needa template for a letter, let me know and I will be happy to provide one to you.
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I would be more than happy if you can send me a template of the letter. Sir, no one in the office wants to be dragged into this that is why nobody had the nerve yet to tell that Marie actually said my name. But based on Marie's actions, I know she's directing all insults at me. When is the best time to give her that letter? Do I need to send it through registered mail?
I've provided it below. I would send it now....and, yes, send it by registered mail.
Re: Notice to Ceaseand Desist Defamation
Thepurpose of this letter to is to put you on notice of potential legal actionagainst you for the unwarranted and defamatory attacks and lies made by you in an attempt to ruin and damage my reputation. Your baseless and unwarranted actions andaccusations have damaged my business reputation and caused serious andirreparable injury to both my reputation and my business. I will not stand by and allow this misconductto continue.
Ihereby demand that you immediately: i)retract any and all defamatory and disparaging remarks about me made by you;and ii) cease and desist in publishing or stating any defamatory statementsabout me.
Iam not in any way attempting to restrict legitimate free speech, but youractivities unlawfully encroach upon both my business and my reputation. This letter puts you on formal notice thatshould you refuse to comply with my demands immediately, I will have no choicebut to pursue all legal causes of action, including the filing of a lawsuit, toprotect my interests. I will pursueboth actual and punitive damages plus attorneys' fees and costs incurred as aresult of your actions.
Thisis a very serious matter that requires your immediate attention. I have no sense of humor about youractions. This letter is the only one youwill receive and the only chance you have to resolve this matter amicably.
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