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When a third party makes a false statement of fact about an individual and the individual suffers damages, the individual may have a basis for a defamation lawsuit. Further, that lawsuit can apply to those who repeat the false statement, provided they do so negligently. Accordingly, you may have a basis to file suit against the individual who first made the statement, the individual who released it to the press, and press who published the rumor. A successful defamation plaintiff must typically show that:1. The defendant made a statement of fact to a third party regarding the plaintiff;2. The statement was not true;3. The statement harmed the plaintiff.However, it's important to understand that there are many defenses to defamation, including far comments on matters of public interest, innocent dissemination, and opinion. Further, if you are determined to be a public figure, you may wind up having to deal with a higher threshold for a defamation claim.Accordingly, you'll want to take all information related to the statements and your possible claim to your attorney immediately. He may be able to negotiate to have the statements retracted and he may be able to assist you in recovering a a financial award or settlement.
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Here's a link to the ridiculous article -- I wish I could get you the actual letter she sent to the Governor's office, which in their infinite wisdom they gave to the paper. What do you think?
Because of the limitations and nature of this forum, I really can't review external documents and render an opinion on those documents. That's more something you'd have your attorney do during your initial consultation. I do hope that you understand. However, I would highly recommend submitting the article to your attorney so that he can view it in light of the evidence. If the evidence suggests that untrue statements of fact were made about you, you may have a basis for recovery. While you may not have access to the letter that was sent to the Governor's Office, your attorney can subpoena a copy of that letter in any court proceedings. That could also support your claim. You may wish to take to your attorney's office a list of any possible evidence, related documents, etc. that might support your claim, as that will help your attorney evaluate the potential strength of your potential claim.I do hope the information I've been able to provide has been valuable, even though I am not able to review the document and render an opinion on it. If so, I would appreciate it if you would click accept so that I will be compensated for the time and effort spent responding to your question. If you have any other follow-ups, please don't hesitate to ask.
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