What can I do regarding libel?

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What can I do regarding libel?

I have a restraining order against my ex who violated it 10 times in a month.

He was convicted twice and sentenced to a month in jail. While he was in jail,

his girlfriend sent messages to my employer, pretending to be me, claiming that I

was mentally ill and trying to take my kids away from my ex. A criminal

investigation is being conducted. They were able to connect the IP address of

the message directly to her internet provider. I do know she has a house, some

assets. What are my options of suing for libel and do I have any other legal options?

Asked on October 8, 2018 under Personal Injury, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If she claimed to be you, you could also sue for--and press charges for--identity theft. You could sue for libel, as you indicate--for her making false factual assertions which damage your reputation. And you could sue for "tortious interference with economic advantage"--trying to use "tortious" (or wrongful) means to damage your working relationship and so damage you economically.
Therefore, you have several possible causes of action. You should speak to a personal injury attorney (they don't just do car crashes and slip-and-fall cases; they also work on matters like this) to discuss taking legal action. Many lawyers provide a free initial consultation to evaluate cases; you can inquire about that before making the appointment.


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