Phoenix, AZ asked in Personal Injury, Libel & Slander and Employment Law for Arizona

Q: Hello, I need to know if I have a conflict of interest and if I can sue for defamation.

I used to work for a company that had a data breach last year. I have extensive knowledge of the processed areas available on their servers. They didnt report the breach properly and it is understated to the public. I feel I should help a class action lawsuit with this. My information was included in the breach. HOWEVER... I am a defendent in a case from the same company. They allege I helped one of the customers leave after the breach. I was not working there at that time. They claim I had access to online systems to help this customer. I have done no such thing. This is all public information available online. So technically it is "published". Is this defamation? Can I contact the lawyer for the class action suit and give them the insight of how my previous employer was negligent?

This is kinda a mess and I have been overly stressed since this suit was served to me. Id like to know my legal options. Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Defamation generally involves a false statement that results in harm to dignitary interests (reputation). That isn't fully clear from the brief description. However, more important than that is the suit you mention, which likely has a limited timeframe to respond. This looks like something beyond the brief general Q & A format here - where an attorney would want to see the papers and know more details to offer meaningful guidance. Good luck

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