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Yes, you may have a case for defamation. In order to win a case for defamation, you must prove that the defendant made a false statement to a third party, and that your reputation was damaged as a result. Generally, damage to reputation is proved by showing monetary loss. However, there are a select few situations where monetary harm is not required. For example, when accused of a crime.
In this case, I'm not sure that deleting records rises to the level of a crime, so proving damages may be difficult absent monetary harm. Moreover, without monetary harm, you may not have good cause for a large monetary award. I have seen cases in which a plaintiff wins, but is only awarded $1.00. Granted, that may be worthwhile for you in the sense that it may help to clear your name.
If I were you, I would ask the current president to send out a notice to all members that you have been exonerated, and that you no longer suspended. That may be as good as any lawsuit, and it sure would be cheaper. But if you'd like to sue, then you should retain a local attorney to file the lawsuit on your behalf, as it is not a small claims
type of lawsuit. I would expect to spend at least $10k in legal fees, however, and possibly more.
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