I used to do work on a contract basis for a particular individual, many years ago. We are now competitors in the same industry. I have (email) evidence from the offending party of slander to potential customers. Knowing and working with this individual for several years, I'm confident the slander is wide-spread and I'm sure he's adopted it as a sales tactic, as most of the projects we lose, they are lost to him. Recently, I have spent many months and 10's of thousands of dollars developing a new product that I am getting ready to market. It is far superior to all my competitors' products and will most likely render theirs obsolete. I want to know if there's anything I can do, short of hauling the offending party into court and suing for slander. Ultimately, I would just like the slander to cease. I don't care about reaping any monetary reward. The new product line should do it's job in putting his business down, as long as I can go in with a good name. Whether this makes a difference or not, my competitor is also a licensed attorney and knows his way around business law.
2 Answers from Attorneys
As a Franchise Attorney I can say the following. If you have written evidence of defamation, you have a case against him. You should pursue it. Consult with a good business or franchise attorney in your area for specific advice.
Mr. Franchise - Kevin B. Murphy, B.S., M.B.A., J.D.
Franchise Foundations, a Professional Corporation
The case is for interference with an advantageous business relationship. This is like business slander or libel. please contact me at kliszlaw.com to discuss. Tim Klisz
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