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You raise a good point
If there are legal proceedings, defamation does not apply to claims made in the lawsuit
but absent a lawsuit the lawyer cannot slander you to someone else
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That is my impression; This letter was a "sue you" threat letter, false premises ie you had to do X,Y,Z under law, and you colluded to not do them!
It should have been sent to you alone
and not to anyone else
If the information therein is false, there is basis for a claim
albeit not an easy one
if the claim is generally true or a court finds it is part of legal proceedings
or akin to a subpoena
where the information is shared with non parties
That too! I was amazed that he "cc" a third! I have always seen wise lawyers preface everything with "the claims and contentions are;, and in my opinion...
sounds like careless writing and practice
but I would caution the lawyer with a letter or by phone
rather than sue
given costs involved
No this is all preface and prologue to suit; I'll sue you if you do not remove a structure etc.
Any specific references you have in mind? thanks