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Hello, and thanks for submitting this question. By accusing you of theft, the fellow has slandered you. He can be sued for damages. Here is a discussion about the law of slander. Collectively known as defamation, libel and slander are civil wrongs that harm a reputation; decrease respect, regard, or confidence; or induce disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against an individual or entity. The injury to one's good name or reputation is affected through written or spoken words or visual images. The laws governing these torts are identical. See: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Libel+and+Slander
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What kind of things would I have to prove to get a ruling against him? Would I need others to testify in court? I don"t really want to get others involved, in the situation as we all have many common associates and friends, and don"t want people having to think they have to choose sides in the situation. Is there anything I can file against him, or an attorney could file against him on my behalf, and still be able to get a ruling in my favor against him? I"m not trying to get any monetary gain, I just want him go on his own way, and stop making false accusations against me, as I no longer am involved in the business. what are awards and findings typically in slander cases?
There is something called a "cease and desist" notice/letter, which is basically a letter from your attorney telling him that what is doing constitutes slander. The letter will tell him that he is to stop making these comments immediately or be sued for slander. Any attorney will know exactly what to put in the letter. For more information and a sample of what the letter looks like, see: http://thompsonhall.com/cease-desist-defamation-of-character-template-example-sample-form/
If he does not cease and desist what would have to be proven, to get a favorable ruling against the individual, for slander? would people have to testify in court and etc? How does one obtain a favorable ruling? like mentioned before I don"t want others to have to get involved in the situation.
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