Thank you in advance for your help and advice. I own a child care center in a small town in Texas. A former friend of mine has been spreading malicious, untrue rumors about me for about 3 years now. I've ignored them until this point, but now I've had enough. Since our friendship ended over my voicing my concern to her about her husband verbally and emotionally abusing her son from a previous marriage (witnessed by many others, too), she has spread many rumors about me. Her favorite one is that I have cheated on my husband (she starts this one about once a year and always a different person), my husband and I are divorcing, and the most recent one is that I have been in drug rehab in Colorado (I've been sitting with my 85 year old grandmother in physical rehab at a nursing home for double pneumonia and congestive heart failure). I've ignored her rumors up to now. At this point, when I've discovered about 90% of our small town have heard the rumors, I've had enough.
As a side note, her husband is one of the 4 police officers in our small town. While on duty representing our town, he has also spread these rumors. He has spread them throughout our community and throughout the employees at our small city hall. These employees have continued to spread these rumors throughout our community. I've had enough!
Her sister is a recent graduate from law school and their favorite thing to say is there is nothing I can do about the rumors because there are no laws against slander in Texas. Well, it's time I found out the truth and found a good attorney! If you have any advice or know any very good attorneys in the Houston/Beaumont area, please reply to this thread. I need some very good advice!
Thanks so much!