Q: Can I sue for defamation if someone claims I threatened their kids filed charges & the "threat" is found to be baseless
A: A defamation case or claim is quite difficult and complex. There are two ways to view any case including a defamation case: 1. Legal Cause of Action; and 2. Practical Cause of Action. If the elements of a legal case can be alleged and proved, then an action of defamation can be pursued. Each State has different rules and standards in place for defamation cases. Then, the question is whether it makes practical sense to pursue such a case. If the statements were intentionally made with the purpose of harm, then many insurance companies have exclusions for such acts. While there may be a strong legal case to pursue, it may be difficult collecting your damages or compensation without any liability insurance in place. Contact a local personal injury or defamation attorney to discuss the potential cause of action. Good luck.
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