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Asked on: 4/17/08, 10:16 pm

Can I be sued for libel for this email?

My ex-boss, ''Joe'' is being sued by an indepedent contractor that worked for him, ''Dan''. About 2 weeks before I quit working for Joe, Dan sent me an email wishing me well at my new job. He mentioned that he was going to take Joe to court soon for the non-payment of Dan's invoices. I replied saying that I didn't blame Dan for taking him to court; Joe was always agreeing to pay vendors and then backing out and not paying, or trying to pay less than the amount due. Needless to say, I was ery frustrated at that point with Joe, and couldn't wait to leave this awful job (Joe really does not have much moral character. Anyway). I realize it was dumb of me to put this in writing and let emotion get the best of me. Now Dan is using this email correspondence as part of his case against Joe, saying that my statement establishes a pattern of non-paying behavior on Joe's part. My question is, can Joe sue me for libel? Or anything else? This is not truly libel, b/c the statement I made about Joe is very true. But I don't have any physical proof that it's true, since I no longer work there and don't have access to the files or my old emails. Please help!

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