Never having personally sued someone before, what steps should I take in order to sue someone for slander? Yeah, I need a lawyer, but what kind of lawyer? What kind of fee am I looking at? Can the attorney (or, at least, the courts) gain access to private corporate papers?
Likewise, if you’d be so kind, explain what slander is and isn’t, from a legal point of view. I’m sure it’s not as simple as it would appear at first blush.
Without getting into too much detail, a fellow told a bald-faced lie about my actions, the lie has been well-documented (as truth), there is other documentation which proves that the fellow lied, the lie has cost me money, and there is documentation that the man knew it would cost me money. Is this sufficient grounds for me to make a serious effort at taking the old boy out behind the woodshed? If not, what else might I need–I can probably get it.
That said, I am aware that most of you are not lawyers and none of you are my lawyer.
Help a poor, put-upon brother out!
Oh, and… uhhh… no, this doesn’t involve the SDMB (or the interwebz at all, for that matter.)