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I am sorry your sister in law is giving you this trouble. I will list the elements of a defamation lawsuit which you, as the Plaintiff will have to prove in order to win a judgment against your sister in law in such a case. You can then apply these elements of proof to your specific situation and see how strong your case is.
Elements of a Defamation Lawsuit which a Plaintiff Must Prove:
1. The Defendant made a false statemet;
2. The Defendant made the statement knowing that it was false, or in reckless disregard for the truthfulness of the statement;
3. The Defendant "published" this statement - This means that she made the statement, or wrote the statement and conveyed it to a third person - Here, that would be the Office of the Inspector General; and
4. The Plaintiff (You) suffered damages as a result of these defamatory statements.
You should make an appointment to speak with an attorney with experience in defamation lawsuits and take all your evidence with you. These cases are usually taken on a contingency fee so that the lawyer will be paid from any judgment, settlement, or verdict the lawyer obtains for you so that you do not have any out of pocket expenses and you do not have to pay legal fees if the lawyer does not win your case for you.
If you do not know a lawyer with this kind of experience, you can call your County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, tell them what your situation is and ask for the names of several lawyers, then select the one with whom you feel the most comfortable,
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