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These facts do not raise legal issues of defamation.
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BAsed on what you have written, there is no basis for a defamation action. Addtionally, if the person who got the poor evaluation and who was told you wrote it is a "good friend", then she should believe you when you tell her that it was not you who wrote the evaluation.
Defamation is the publication of a false statement that is about or concerns the plaintiff.
There are two statements here: the "evaluation" and the supervisor saying to the former subordinate that "you wrote the evaluation."
The evaluation is considered libel because its in writing. Only your former subordinate can recover for that. The new supervisor's statement is consider slander because it's spoken. Slander requires proof of actual economic loss in order to recover. If this hasn't cost you money, I would say you have no claim.
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