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Technically, yes you have a case for slander.
Slander is, basically, telling an untruth as truth.
However, the issue here is one of damages.
Thank you. Now the $64 question -- how strong a case do I have?
I think you have them on liability. Clearly you weren't in violation of state law so liability is clear.
However, your facts don't give any indication that you were damaged in any way and you can't recover attorney's fees on a slander case so you could easily spend more than you would ever recover.
You could sue in small claims court but, again, you have to prove you were somehow damaged.
Well, actually I was damaged. The outside property managment company stopped using my services.
Can you prove it was because of the statement he made?
That statement together with other alleged wrong doings -- like my license is for "residential" work only. News to me -- turns out that a condo community is technically "commercial" if it has over 4 units (which we do). So, there was a technical error in my license. (The Registrar of Contractors won't even slap you hand for something like that.) Etc, etc.
This Board member was out to do a hatchet job.
If you can prove that his statements were what caused you to lose the work then you have a great case.
Good enough for me.
Any idea why he was running off at the mouth like that?
He and I have had on-going battles. Adults behaving badly.
That helps the case as well. It shows that it wasn't unintentional but was done out of malice.
You're very welcome. Anything else I can assist with?
Not a the moment. I do have another somewhat related issue but am not ready to get into it tonight. Still information gathering.
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