Joplin, MO asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Missouri

Q: A local competitive Audiologist is using slander against my company and myself, Happened over 5 times now, what can I do

He works under our local ENT whom my patients visit for other issues and then it turns into a hearing test and recommendation they buy hearing aids from him. He asks how much they paid and whom he bought from? Then he slanders and bad mouths the price they paid and me personally, since I have done this 13 years and do very well all 13 years, I have a good reputation in town! This needs to stop, either by suing him for damages or him getting his license revoked!

1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: I'm sorry to hear about your situation. In order to form an opionion as to whether you've been defamed and whether it would be worth suing for defamation, I would need to know what was said, when, and other information relevant for a defamtion claim. Defamation cases are difficult under Missouri law, but if some is lying about you or your business and you can quantify the harm being done, it may be worth pursuing in court or at least having a stern cease-and-desist letter written on your behalf.

Here's a link to an oft-cited Missouri Suprem Court case on defamation, Nazeri v. Mo. Valley Coll., 860 S.W.2d 303 (Mo. banc 1993).

https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=18144203630447282264&q=misosuri+defamantion&hl=en&as_sdt=4,26

Ronald J. Eisenberg

Schultz & Associates LLP

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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