I am currently a plaintiff in a defamation suit where two letters containing false statements about me were published by the board of directors and condominium management company where I lived and mailed out to all of the members of the condominium association.
The false allegation was that I had left a large and "dangerous" wake behind my boat in the marina and that residents were to keep a lookout for me and call the police. This was a result of long term antipathy regarding a disagreement between me and others over the need to dredge the marina. The letters were so damaging, that I left my property after lobbying extensively to see the false allegation retracted publicly to clear my name so I could return to the enjoyment of my property and the marina.
Depositions to date have proven the allegations in the letters to be false and a pending deposition of the condominium board president is intended to hopefully provide proof of malicious intent in the publication of the letters. The difficulty I am having now is ascertaining damages in preparation for mediation and an RFS. According to your post, there are actual (loss of use of my property), defamation (which is arbitrary) and punitive (which I guess could only be awarded by a jury).
Could you please give any suggestions you have on how to appropriately, and reasonably, establish an RSF which may help to make me whole, but avoid dragging the case all the way to trial?
I left my property shortly after these letters were published, and as my belongings remain, I have not returned, and have no intention of doing so until this matter is resolved.