Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.A non-profit, large or small, has the same right to utilize the courts and seek protection as any 'for-profit' entity or any individual for that matter. If someone is making false statements against the group, that would be considered defamation, in this instance potentially 'business defamation'.Under Florida laws, the elements of a defamation claim are:
Border Collie Rescue v. Ryan, 418 F.Supp.2d 1330, 1348 (M.D.Fla. 2006).Florida's statute of limitations for actions under defamation are 2 years from the date the defamatory comment was made.Hope that helps.
First three elements have been documented. Fourth Element we have had numerous un-subscriptions from our support group and loss of "possible donations". Unable to determine further injury without time. Do believe it has damaged our reputation as we have been in operation for over 12 years with no problems other than people not wanting to follow guide lines which caused this tirade. Only time will tell?
Thank you for your follow-up.Typically the fourth element is the one that gives individuals and businesses the most trouble--it is at times very hard to prove injury. But for that you may need to retain counsel (a non-profit, being an artificial entity, must be represented by an attorney anyway), and have the attorney create a graphed estimate of losses pertaining to the defamatory comments made against the entity. That could create a more direct measure of loss and an expected loss over time as well.Good luck.
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