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A lawsuit alleging defamation and other violations has been filed against a local attorney for distributing an email accusing a neighbor of having mob connections, and outlining a way to use that accusation to generate “revulsion” against his proposed property development plan.

Property-owner Bob DePretis filed the three-count complaint against attorney Michael Lynch in Litchfield Superior Court on April 14.The complaint is based on an email Lynch sent to at least five people, claiming among other things that DePretis has “a maufia (sic) background.”

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