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Did you say anything that was untrue?
Ok - then do not worry
As long as you are not saying something like xxx person is a thief that would be differnet
But if someone tries to sue you, one defence is something called fair comment
Otherwise newspapers would not be able to publish anything
But it is likely this is just a threat.
No, nothing like that,just that my principles were compromised.
In reality if they wanted to take you to Court then it would cost them around £15,000 at least because proceedings need to be issued in the High Court.
Further they are specialist proceedings so need a specialist Solicitor and Barrister
I can not see them spending this
But in any event fair comment such as principle compromised is just that
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I don't think they are threatening to take anyone to court, just publish stuff online and make my next job as difficult as possible.
Yes of course.
Well thefguy who funds the company is a multimillionaire, so it would be water off a ducks back to him.
Can I clarify anything else?
Is there anything I can do to stop him ?
Legally, obviously :-)
You can't stop someone from threatening or issuing proceedings
No but what do I do when he does start libelling me? Can I stop him doing that? Or is it one of those "we can do nothing until it happens" things? I keen to not engage, and indeed I won't engage with online conversation, but he can and will do me a lot of damage.
Again it would be the same process, High Court proceedings - £15,000 cost.
Unless you get a Solicitor to write and ask him to stop., Cost about £300
Does that achieve anything? or is it just a polite request?
Its a polite request or from a Solicitor it may get them to stop
But equally they could call your bluff
So really, bearing in mind I have just spent my last 40 quid (not a dig btw), I really have to just ride it out.
Anything else I can help you with?
Not really. Looks like I'm going to have to remain terrified. :-(
I am sorry.
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Thanks for your time.
All the best
I hope you get through this
Dunno what to say. thanks.
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