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I was accused of telling an untruth in a law suit and I proved I did not also falsely accused of sexual molestation in front of witnesses, can I sue for libel

Lawyer's Assistant: What evidence is there regarding damages from the statement?

I have a written statement by IT proving I did lie in my testimony and the sexual harassment was not even possible and there were witness to the allegation

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

There was a law suit against me in my husbands estate he judge ruled in my favor but plaintiff has filed another suit

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I was POA, son upset about it I was harassed and hassled about every decision I made as POA

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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 9 months ago

I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.

If there were false statements made against you outside the course of testimony, discovery or pleadings in litigation then, yes, you could have a viable claim for defamation.

However, statements made in the course of litigation are, as a general rule, privilege and immune from claims of defamation.

That is not to say a party can not be prosecuted criminally for intentionally making false statements under oath, but a civil defamation claim is not a viable option in such matters.

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want to see you spinning your wheels with this.

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