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What is the nature of the contents of this letter? Please provide a brief background. Thank you.
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Many thanks for your patience. The liability in such circumstances could be joint. In other words both the party that wrote the letter and the party that approved it could be responsible for the contents of the letter. In the end it could be a matter of who had the authority to approve the contents – if the party that wrote it was simply following instructions from the party with the authority to dictate the contents, then the writing party may not have direct responsibility but the party that dictated the contents and had the final approval will be the one responsible. So you may indeed argue that the party which claims you still owe the debt was responsible for the contents of the letter if they knew what these contents were and they still approved them and communicated these to you by taking the action of posting the letter out to you.
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This is not down to legislation, it is down to common law, i.e. case law. I know the law in principle but from the top of my head I cannot quote any specific cases - this will require formal legal research. You can do this yourself online but the access to legal resources will be limited, or you can engage a solicitor to do this. If it is just to reply to the other party then it may be unwise to spend the money for research just to be able to quote a case to them, I would say only do this if you are likely to go to court