Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight
delay between your follow ups and my replies.
I am very sorry for your situation. Someone in your situation may threaten
to sue for (1) defamation
and (2) wrongful interference with business.
Allow me to explain. To sue in a 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., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. 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, you may have a case for (1) defamation and (2) wrongful interference with business.
DEFAMATION is defined under 14-02-04
as when someone:
1. Charges any person with crime, or with having been indicted, convicted, or punished
2. Imputes to the person the present existence of an infectious, contagious, or
3. Tends directly to injure the person in respect to the person's office, profession, trade,
, either by imputing to the person general disqualifications in those
respects which the office or other occupation peculiarly requires, or by imputing
something with reference to the person's office, profession, trade, or business that
has a natural tendency to lessen its profits;
4. Imputes to the person impotence or want of chastity; or
5. By natural consequence causes actual damage.
INTERFERENCE WITH BUSINESS is self explanatory, and "the overwhelming majority of the cases have held that interference with employment
or other contracts
terminable at will is actionable." Hennum v. City of Medina, 402 NW 2d 327 - ND: Supreme Court 1987
Normally, a threatening letter telling them to STOP will do the trick and 90% of the time, litigation
may be avoided. Let me know if you need a sample letter, but, an attorney's letter is better since it holds more gravitas - may I recommend the ND Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
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