Opposing council made very derogitory comments about me in an email to my attorney.
Family Law Attorney
No, it is privileged communications and it is often done by attorneys on the opposite sides. They sometimes lower themselves. Just consider the source.
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I agree with the prior answer. You need to keep your focus on the litigation at hand and avoid getting sidetracked with these kinds of issues, which are in some part probably revealing the frustration that the other side is feeling. If you let this get you worked up, how are you going to handle testifying in court? Again, trust in your lawyer to advocate for you and handle the legal issues...keep you eye on the prize and as they say, "never let them see you sweat."
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Defamation (libel) must cause you damage in order to be legally actionable. These remarks, offensive as they may be, did not cause you damage. Your attorney did not buy into these statements, or change his/her opinion of you. Let it go and stay on task.
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