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I am very sorry about what had happened. The answer is yes
, you may have had a case. However, it is too late now, I am afraid.
It is not "framing" someone per se if you were never charged, but simply misleading and/or defaming your employer may have been enough for a suit.
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. Every cause of action has its own elements, and each element has to be satisfied for a cause of action to be successful in court.
Here, this may have been defamation
and interference with business relations
According to 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. §§ 8341-8345
, defamation is a false statement to a third party that causes damages. Now it all matters on WHAT they stated and how, but there may have been a case there if the constables stated misleading things.Interference with business relations
- it is generally recognized that one has the right to pursue his business relations or employment free from interference on the part of other persons except where such interference is justified or constitutes an exercise of an absolute right: Restatement, Torts
, § 766; ADLER, BARISH, DANIELS, ETC. v. Epstein, 393 A. 2d 1175 - Pa: Supreme Court 1978
However, because this happened 20 years ago, the statute of limitations
has run out for both, I am afraid. I am sorry.
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