Despite commercial success, including distribution deals with several local Chipotle franchises as well as other accolades, the business partners have a deeply personal dispute that has boiled over into the courtrooms.
- (1) the defendant made a false statement about the plaintiff;
- (2) there was an unprivileged publication to a third party;
- (3) fault by the defendant amounting to at least negligence; and
- (4) the publication damaged the plaintiff.
Solaia Tech., LLC v. Specialty Pub'g Co., 852 N.E.2d 825, 839 (Ill. 2006).
- Allegations or imputations "injurious to another in their trade, business, or profession"
- Similarly, allegations or imputations that the person lacks integrity in his profession.
- Allegations or imputations "of loathsome communicable disease"
- Allegations or imputations of "unchastity" (In Illinois this is not limited to women or unmarried individuals)
- Allegations or imputations of adultery or fornication
Regardless, the business seems unaffected by this spat for now. It is not unusual for business partners to have disputes. Sometimes litigation is the answer. Sometimes it makes more sense to hammer out these issues before they become harmful. When it comes to defamation, like with grade school, some comments are hard to take back. Since the bell cannot be unrung, a remedy outside of the courthouse seems useless.