Thank you, friend.1d) We are now unsure if any other local Foster Parenting agencies will accept us,… or are we now on some sort of secretive blacklist?
No, there is no such "blacklist." So you are not barred from other such agencies.2) Do we have a case?
The answer is likely yes
. You may have a case for defamation
. Generally, a defamatory action must allege: (1) the defamatory character of the communication; (2) publication; (3) that the communication refers to the complainant; (4) the third party's understanding of the communication's defamatory character; and (5) injury. Walder v. Lobel, 339 Pa.Super. 203, 213, 488 A.2d 622, 627 (1985); 42 Pa.C.S. § 8343(a).
Now, the "arguing" statement is an opinion and this is questionable as whether or not this is cause for defamation (opinion is protected). However, stating that you are not going to renew your certificate is, since they knew that it was false and it was a misleading and false statement and not an opinion.
Now, "breach of confidentiality" and "breach of privacy" is not something that you can likely sue for here. To sue in state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract
," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state. Every cause of action has its own elements, and each element has to be satisfied for a cause of action to be successful in court.
Here, they owed you no "breach of confidentiality" nor does a "breach of confidentiality" exist as a cause of action.
A "breach of privacy" elements do not fall within this matter.
However, you may indeed have a case for DEFAMATION and if you feel it worth your time and effort, may indeed pursue it. Good luck.IMPORTANT
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