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You can sue them for defamation
. Actually, you would start with a cease and desist letter to anyone making these false accusations.
If this does not get a retraction, you will need to file suit for defamation. This cause of action is specifically for damage caused to one's reputation. To establish a prima facie
case of defamation, four elements are generally required:
1. a false statement purporting to be fact concerning another person or entity;
2. publication or communication of that statement to a third person;
3. fault on the part of the person making the statement amounting to intent or at least negligence; and,
4. some harm caused to the person or entity who is the subject of the statement.
This involves complex litigation
and it is strongly advised that you retain local counsel to assist you in protecting your rights before taking any action in this matter.
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I hope this is helpful to you. If you have follow up questions feel free to ask. It is never a problem.