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I am very sorry for your situation. Actually, that is not true - there is something you can do.
The Judge cannot give you legal advice, so they refrained from telling you specifics. However, you do have an option of pursuing the other party in a civil suit due to the false statements.
To sue in a state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state.
Here, this may be enough for defamation
and malicious prosecution
A plaintiff who sues for defamation must generally prove three things: (1) that a defamatory statement was made or communicated; (2) that the defamatory statement was published, and (3) that the defamatory statement caused the plaintiff to suffer damages (hatred, contempt or ridicule, or tend to diminish the esteem, respect, goodwill or confidence in which one is held or to excite adverse, derogatory, or unpleasant feelings or opinions against one). Newton v. Family Federal Savings and Loan Association, 48 Or App 373, 376, 616 P2d 1213 (1980).
Malicious prosecution exists when the defendant filed the false litigation for some other (i.e., unjustifiable) primary purpose (Ledford v. Gutoski, 877 P. 2d 80 - Or: Supreme Court 1994
) such as to harass, annoy, or otherwise demean.
Along with this, punitive damages may be requested.
May I recommend the Oregon Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
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