I have posted a bunch of other questions on here regarding my situation with an ex-employer/friend who owes me pay ($100K+) for my work on deals that have closed, meaning he has the money in-hand. He is refusing to pay me what I am owed.
My question here is pertaining to legal repercussions for certain actions, for example, if I were to send an email to a former client I have a relationship with updating him on what happened after I left the deal/company:
"Dear Client, Small talk, small talk. Additionally, I am writing to make you aware that my former employer, Mr. Dick, is refusing to pay me my commission fee on your deal that closed 5 weeks ago. You are aware that I originally worked with you and signed the engagement letter with you. When I parted the company I asked to remain working on your deal (see attached) but was asked not to while being assured I would be paid (see attached) when it closed. As you can see in the attached screenshots, Mr. Dick clearly states to me in no uncertain terms your name, your company's name and that I would be paid once the deal closes. It has now been 5 weeks since the deal closed. After multiple requests Mr. Dick is withholding my payment, refusing to pay me and daring me to get a lawyer and sue him to get paid. I understand that this doesn't reflect on you and there is nothing you can do about it but I thought you should know..."
...or something similar to that. He is refusing to pay me and while I have talked to a lawyer on my end and may be forced to go that route, my intention here would be to put some pressure on Mr. Dick. Additionally, I have the option of sending a similar note to a client list of 500.
It is not the best option but I believe it is the kind of pressure that might cause action. I would like to know if there is anything illegal in that or it could be dangerous to me in any way. Everything stated is factual and will include evidence of such. Before sinking (at least) $5K into a lawyer it seems like it might produce results.
Tell me why this idea is okay legally and may pressure Mr. Dick to pay me what I am owed or why this is an incredibly stupid thing to do! Thanks.