Defamation requires the publication of a false and unprivileged statement of fact about you which damages your reputation. You would not be able to plead the elements of defamation, based on the information you have provided in your question.
If you were not an injured party, you cannot sue.
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As the other responses have pointed out, California law requires you to be the one injured to file a lawsuit for defamation.
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