Statute of Limitations is the time within which a legal action must be brought to enforce legally recognized rights that have been violated. In other words, it is “the maximum period which one can wait before filing a lawsuit, depending on the type of case or claim.” The periods of time are can vary from state to state, and are different in Federal court.
In the online arena, defamation frequently occurs. Defamation is an intentional and false communication made by the defendant, either written or broadcast (libel) or spoken (slander), that harms a person’s reputation, or which tends to bring the person into disrepute. Communications or statements made as facts by the defendants are actionable, while statements of opinion are not.
Knowing by when you need to file your defamation claim can be the difference between winning and losing, even when all the facts of your case are otherwise in your favor. The time at which the statute of limitations period begins is generally the moment when the defamatory statement is published in some form.
Here are some sample statute of limitations for defamation:
Note that laws can change and that the statute of limitations for an action may therefore change as well. We recommend that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as you believe you have a legally viable case.