Thanks for your question and good evening.My sympathy here for your dilemma and situation.
Yes if the neighbor here has made false statements to other third parties either orally or in writing this this would be defamation.You would be able to sue and pursue them here for such defamation.
Arizona law here allows for the following damages when deliberating a defamation case:
Punitive damages are also allowed in slander and libel lawsuits.
You may want to consider a local lawyer to pursue damages.The lawyer will send a demand letter including cease and desist language.If not resolved you may file suit in this situation.
The lawyer here might take this contingent fee so you would not have to pay until there is recovery made on your behalf.
Libel is written defamation; slander is defamation by speech or another transitory form..
Both can be recoverable in Arizona in a civil suit.
In your situation you may bring an action for libel or slander if the comments are so reprehensible and false that they affect your reputation in the community or cast aspersions on you.
I appreciate the chance to assist you tonight.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again.
Here is lawyer referral for you.
Maricopa County Lawyer Referral Service Phoenix, AZ Phone:(NNN) NNN-NNNN Toll free:(NNN) NNN-NNNNCounties Served: Maricopa
Pima County Bar Association LRS Tucson, AZ Phone:(NNN) NNN-NNNNCounties Served: Pima
Reference to defamation.
It has been my pleasure to chat here.Let me know if you have more follow up.I hope you will consider pursuing this defamation case.
Thank you very much. Are we able to wait till this current situation is complete or do we have to file this now and separately? We have been unable to find a lawyer to take the current situation. I am Christian and have prayed and prayed so much about this at times I feel my faith is at doubt but then I have to believe God has a purpose for this burden we are enduring. So far, it seems that if one has money, you can lie, cheat, perjure yourself and win over someone who tells the truth but can't afford a lawyer. I'm hoping somehow, in the end, a Christian lawyer will cross my path and take this on contingency and right the wrong brought upon an innocent man.
You have one year from the date they defamed you.It's pretty short here in Arizona for this kind of suit.
Arizona (AZ) – Libel or slander: 1 year
I would give lawyer referral a shot to see if they can locate one for you.
Hopefully you can find a defamation lawyer contingent fee.
Are you in AZ? Do you know any lawyers who have pro bono time or do contingency? Maybe you are not allowed to say here
I am so sorry you have had to go through all of this.
I hope you can prevail.
Thanks again.If you can leave a positive rating it is much appreciated.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have to keep believing the truth will eventually win. I appreciate your time. Thank you for the links and have a good evening.
I will leave you an excellent rating
Thanks for that too.
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