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Anyone can file a lawsuit. It is a matter of winning - and everyone is entitled to their opinion. And, if yours is that you sister is all those things you told her she was - then she would need to prove that your opinion of her is false and defamatory and has caused her not only emotional distress but has affected her ability to earn a living and therefore a financial hardship. Defamation cases are very hard to win because the burden of proof is on the Petition to prove that the statements are false thereby basically putting their entire life on trial. As you suspect, her ability to recover in such a matter would be slim.
I do suggest that you might not want to leave messages on recorders. That could bring about criminal harassment charges.
Best to you,
No. I was just giving a head's up. You would need to be told not to call (actually, that should come in writing) and then you would have to ignore that demand. Harassment is a continuing course of conduct. You're safe for now !
That's a fact !
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