False accusations and defamation

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    False accusations and defamation

    How to respond to a letter from which I can implement that I have stolen my ex-boss client database and try to take over his clients? How to stop defamation?


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    Can you please restate your question. I do not understand it.
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    My ex-boss has sent me a letter stating that he knows that I am trying to contact his clients. He informs me in the letter that that information is his property, and that any contact initiated by me will be prosecuted as Identity Theft. It is not true, since I haven't contacted his clients. Maybe I should mention that this is public accounting, and now I work with somebody else. Some of his old customers (exactly 2) found me and came to me this year. But I didn't do anything to contact them.
    Also, he keeps telling everyone he knows that I have been stealing from him, that I have ruined his business. It directly harms my newly opened company and my personal reputation.
    can he do that? How can I defend myself and how can I make him stop this?

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    One, you should consider contacting a local attorney who can, at a minimum, send your former boss a “cease and desist” letter to have him stop maligning you with this false accusation.

    Two, unless you had a valid non-compete agreement with your former employer, you do not appear to have any legal reason not to do business with its former clients. Moreover, even assuming for the sake of discussion that you solicited these former clients under these circumstances, client names, addresses and telephone numbers would not normally be considered protected or privileged confidential proprietary information.


 

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