Thank you for your reply.
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.
Here, this may be a cause of action for defamation
. In Maryland, defamation is defined as : (1) a defamatory communication; (2) falsity of that communication; (3) fault of the party stating the falsity; and (4) harm to you. See Shapiro v. Massengill, 105 Md. App. 743, 772, 661 A.2d 202, 216-17, cert. denied, 341 Md. 28, 668 A.2d 36 (1995).
In fact, if the falsity is about your employment/work, then the "harm" element is presumed, and it is even easier to prove the action. Punitive damages
may also be available.
However, this would not be in small claims
court, and would have to be filed in Circuit or District court
, which is a little more involved and an attorney is recommended. May I recommend the Maryland 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.
May can take this on a contingency basis, meaning they do not get paid unless you do. Usual set up is their take is 33% settlement, 40% win at trial, 45% at appeal; plus some office costs. Everything is negotiable.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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