There's no painless way out of a lawsuit once it is filed. Expect to spend at least two years in litigation before your case is called to trial, so expect legal costs to mount dramatically. From your sparse set of facts, I cannot state that your attorney is doing anything unreasonable. If you want a second opinion, my office is in Woodbury and I have experience in libel/slander cases.
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Interrogatories are due from a defendant 60 days after filing an answer. It sounds like your attorney is trying to properly defend you, but you could always ask him or her to hold off on responding to discovery demands and doing research while making further attempts to get the lawsuit dismissed - perhaps by suggesting mediation. Short of formal mediation, where you'd both have to share the costs of the mediator's time and pay both of your attorneys, isn't there anyone you both know and trust who can help the two of you resolve this dispute short of a lawsuit? If it's a political dispute - is there a political solution?
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Try making an approach outside of the context of the lawsuit. Send him a very funny but candid card with a personalized message congratulating him on his victory and bemoaning that you and he will have to go another 10 rounds. If that doesn't work, have a bakery make a giant cookie with a funny and pointed message on it. If that doesn't work, propose that the two of you settle the matter with three rounds of Jello wrestling for the benefit of a local charity. Start joking about the lawsuit that will not die with the people that the two of you both know. Let your good nature and humor about the situation be visible to everyone, with no lapses. (Fake it til you make it.) Eventually he will be worn down. No one can sustain their fervor for a fight without any push-back. A serious fight requires a serious opponent. There are many paths to getting out of a lawsuit. Some of them don't require lawyers or fees or deadlines or ....
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