Good morning Barbara,
Let me see if I can explain this a bit more clearly. Under the law, if someone issues a false statement of fact about you, you have recourse---through a Defamation proceeding, as I discussed earlier. However, opinion speech is protected under the US Constitution
. You are free to voice your opinions, however disturbing others might find them.
The law does not demand a certain code of civility between persons, and is not intended to protect our feelings, per se. People may legally be as hateful, as discourteous and as rude as they please to one another, and that does not give those offended a cause of action to sue the person offending them. Only certain types of personal offenses are unlawful and thereby come under a law granting the remedy of a lawsuit.
As I don't know all that you know about what transpired, I am not in a position to tell you how meritorious a claim for defamation you do have. Being called a liar is purely a statement of opinion. Now, had you said something like, you had paid your campground obligations, and the Corporate Secretary announced that you had not paid your obligations and that you owed the campground $1,000----that
would clearly constitute a false statement of fact
, and one which you could sue on.
If something like that occurred, then you may well have a viable case, and as I suggested, small claims will probably be the court that you would want to sue in.
I wish you the best in 2012.
I understand that you may be disappointed by the Answer you received, as it was not necessarily what you had hoped to hear. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a clearly successful legal outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so.
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