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A person threatened in writing to use govt agencies to investigate me and smear my reputation- can I sue for Black mail ?

Anaheim, CA |

This person gave those threats in writing to force an unjust settlement. I have nothing to hide. Now they threaten to sue for fraud 10 years after any business dealings. Can I file a black mail lawsuit to counter their frivolous fraud lawsuit?

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Maybe. Consult with a local lawyer for a thorough review.

Some states have claims for abuse of process and other possible claims that may provide remedies in your case, depending upon the facts and circumstances. A local lawyer can help.

Good luck.

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Extortion is defined as threatening to file criminal or administrative complaints in an attempt to settle a civil dispute, so you may have something here. One thing that you do not make clear is when these threats were made - you may have a statute of limitations problem.
I recommend that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights.

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