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My house was empty 3 months prior to it getting sold. Then a father brought it for her daughter and she was living in it for 3 months then did the meth testing. It came up positive like someone had been cooking it in there. My parents had to pay to get the inside redone. I just had a baby so there is no way it was me. Now the people that brought the house are going around saying that we are cooks when they have no prof. I have lost my business because of it and my family aswel as my parents don’t talk to me. Can I get compensation for the roomers they have started and get my parents money back from redoing the house.

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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

It would be defamation to accuse someone of being a meth cook. The real issue would be gathering evidence of what was said, which I assumed would be partly verbal gossip but also possibly through social media such as Facebook. If you can get clear evidence that someone has claimed you were a meth cook, then you can sue them for defamation of character. Like all court cases there is some cost in doing so. You could sue in the District Court which would not be as expensive as the High Court, but you would need to consider whether the person who made the statement was able to pay damages. It would be pretty clear that if someone claimed you were a meth cook, then you could successfully sue them. But you would need to be ready to spend 8 to $10,000 at least in fees although you could recover about 2/3 if you win

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I have the test raiting and it was gossip talk. Which my oldest daughters friends mother heard. I find it really hard now to even put food on the table for kids and no one will hire me. I don’t have $10,000 to try and sue them tho. They have damaged me as a person and in life
Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Do you live in a smaller town? Sometimes these sorts of gossip can be devastating. Do you think it would be possible to have some form of mediation with the principal gossip? That would be very much cheaper than suing

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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Mediation may help with your family too if they understand that this is gossip

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Yip I live in nelson. Yeah do I found out about Mediation?
Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

There are some great mediators in Nelson-the other parties need to agree to mediate of course. In a mediation, you could have a facilitated conversation about the suggestion that you used the house to cook meth. You could confront the people who made the accusation, and ask why they have blamed you, and even possibly get drug tested beforehand to show that you are not a user.

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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

You can make contact with them and if they cannot help, they will know someone who could help

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I can do that. If the other party declined then wat is the next step?
Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Sadly, if the other parties aren't willing to mediate, your next step might be to get a friendly local lawyer to send a letter telling them to cease and desist or be sued for defamation. That might help shut them down rather than needing to go to court

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