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Is a consumer subject to a defamation suit if filing a false e.g. "I think I've been scammed" to a Federal Agency, e.g. FTC, CFPB etc.? (it's been reported that some consumers are using this as a threat to get out of paying a legitimate debt) i.e. are consumers free to use this technique without fear of any consequences for a false claim made to a Federal Agency?
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I'm not totally sure I understand. Are you asking if a consumer can be sued by a business for making a report to a federal agency alleging they were scammed?

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does the consumer risk a defamation claim if filing a claim of being "scammed" when it can be proven, or is proven false?
Can consumers use this threat of creating negative claims with State or Federal agency's, as a form of blackmail without fear of the consequences? (the company mentioned in the complaint has now lost his ability to state in his advertising, "never had a complaint with any State or Federal agency") While there is no way to gauge how many sales that may have or have not influenced, that restriction appears to be a "damage" to his good name. That is the question, can the consumer just "skate"?

Thank you.

Generally, claims made to administrative agencies are immune from defamation lawsuits. However, threatening to complain to an administrative agency in order to gain leverage in a dispute could very well be construed as extortion, which is a crime. So for this reason--and not due to the risk of exposure to a defamation lawsuit--it is never advisable to make such threats to gain an advantage/leverage in a dispute.

If I can clarify anything at all for you, please do not hesitate to ask. It is my pleasure to assist you further if necessary....

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