Legal Question in Business Law in Michigan

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.

Asked on 5/03/11, 7:27 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Kevin B. Murphy Franchise Foundations, APC

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.

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Answered on 5/03/11, 8:21 am

Timothy Klisz Klisz Law Office, PLLC

The case is for interference with an advantageous business relationship. This is like business slander or libel. please contact me at to discuss. Tim Klisz

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Answered on 5/03/11, 8:44 am

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