Defendant negligently and intentionally filed false reports to a newspaper that plaintiff business owners were operating their business despite the existence of valid cease and desist orders. After the newspaper printed the statements made by defendant, The Brian O’Connell, Jr. Law Firm initiated a cause of action to compensate plaintiffs for injuries and damages suffered to their business and themselves due the publication of false, malicious and defamatory statements. The Brian O’Connell, Jr. Law Firm secured a settlement of $20,000 for the plaintiffs.