A cease-and-desist letter is a letter demanding that the recipient refrain from a certain behavior or face legal action. Some types of behaviors that may prompt such letters include:
• Harassment by telephone by a collection agency or junk debt buyers
• Stalking or other forms of harassment
• Property, neighborhood, and boundary disputes
• Patent infringement, copyright infringement or trademark infringement
• Libel or slander
• Creating a hostile environment
I need help constructing a Cease and Desist Letter for slander, defamation and creating a hostile living environment. I am looking for the structure, content, architecture, form, etc.
I am in a recovery house living environment where there is an insidious character (think Wormwood in Return of the King) who is devious, cunning, and sly. He is continually creating toxic dramas and instigating attacks on fellow members through the use of, at times, complete lies, but more often half-truths, innuendo and insinuation. Because of his subtleness he is very hard to pin down. He has an uncanny knack for planting sublte seeds that the other people drawn into the drama actually think that they thought of it or their pride won’t allow them to admit they have been punked.
I want an official document that I will put on my lawyer’s letterhead signed by him. I am doing this more for the psychological effect than anything. I had to do a similar thing years ago in a work environment by having a court reporter friend type up what’s called the Title Page to a deposition with all the names, BE IT REMEMBERED, etc. I put it with a stack of another dep to give it some bulk. It worked like a charm. The person was similar to this guy and she ran for the hills.
I need help with this, especially anyone with legal training. I know this may sound a bit radical, but when dealing with a person who won’t play fair, you are a fool to play fair yourself. This is a classical case of “Extreme situations call for extreme measures.”