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Judge to rule on Casey Anthony defamation lawsuit within 60 days

Casey Anthony, front right, walks out of the Orange County Jail with her attorney Jose Baez, left, during her release in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, July 17, 2011. Anthony was acquitted last week of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee. AP Photo/Red Huber

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Casey Anthony, front right, walks out of the Orange County Jail with her attorney Jose Baez, left, during her release in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, July 17, 2011.
AP Photo/Red Huber

(CBS/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida judge says she will rule on a defamation lawsuit filed against Casey Anthony sometime in the next two months.

Pictures: Casey and Caylee Anthony, personal photos

Anthony's lawyers have asked Judge Lisa Munyon to have the lawsuit thrown out, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez claims she was damaged by Anthony telling detectives that a baby sitter by the same name had kidnapped Anthony's 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The detectives were investigation the girl's 2008 disappearance. She was later found dead and Anthony was acquitted of murder in July in the closely watched case.

Lawyers for Gonzalez also filed a motion seeking a judgment in favor on some of the allegations for damages. They they have already submitted enough evidence to show their client was defamed by Anthony, WKMG reports. 

The judge decided against immediately ruling on the motions and said during the hearing that she would issue a written ruling.

Fernandez-Gonzalez had never met Anthony. Investigators believe Anthony may have seen the name on an apartment rental application.

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