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Can a small business sue the federal government if one of their employees forward false information to an outside entity which in turn has really hurt that business financially and mentally?

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Georgia

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I am a small commercial independent business

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Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question.

Can you be more specific as to what false information was forwarded? I very much look forward to helping you on this matter.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I am a small commercial veteran owned business who does business with the va hospital in the local area. I am an authorized vendor and one day I learned that an employee at the va hospital forwarded false/erroneous information about me an my company which in turn caused the manufacture that was supplies me the product to close my commercial and government account leaving me without a product source. this has harmed me and my business financially and mentally.
Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Thank you for your reply. However, what I need to know is what specific harmful information was forwarded and in what context?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
It was reported to the manufacturer that I was in an unauthorized area (the OR) claiming/impersonating to be one of their sales representatives.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
are you there
Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Thank you. *****'m still not getting enough context to provide an answer. WHY was this reported? Was there some formal investigation? What was the govt agency attempting to do? Was this a purely malicious act by a rogue employee? Or part of some ostensibly legitimate agency function?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
there wasn't any investigation done, I heard it from my manufacturer when I called to order more products and was told that my accounts was closed and I could no longer do business with them base on the forwarded information from the va hospital. I can see that this was a malicious act due to the fact I have complained about them for their business practices concerning vendors.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I have never done what they have accused me of, I always represent myself as my own business in my business name. My name tag identifies me and my business name.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
hello..............
Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago

I am here. I am assisting multiple customers so I appreciate your patience....

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Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago

It may be possible to sue if you can prove that this was a purely malicious act and not related to any official or legitimate government function. You would also need to prove that you suffered actual financial losses stemming from this behavior. Most likely, the lawsuit would be against the government employee in his or her personal capacity, since they were essentially going rogue. Lawsuits of this kind are not often brought, both because of the difficulty in establishing liability (government agencies are generally immune to lawsuits--you need to prove malicious intent) and because most individuals do not have the money to pay any significant judgments. Still, it would certainly be wise to consult with some local attorneys. See here for a list of attorneys who can potentially help.

If I can clarify anything at all for you, please do not hesitate to ask. It is my pleasure to assist you further if necessary.

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