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Time Limits to File a Defamation Lawsuit: State Statutes of Limitation

ALABAMA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
ALASKA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
ARIZONA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
ARKANSAS A one-year statute of limitation applies to slanders actions, while a three-year statute of limitation applies to libel actions.
CALIFORNIA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
COLORADO A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
CONNECTICUT A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
DELAWARE A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
FLORIDA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
GEORGIA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
HAWAII A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
IDAHO A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
ILLINOIS A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
INDIANA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
IOWA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
KANSAS A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
KENTUCKY A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
LOUISIANA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
MAINE A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
MARYLAND A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
MASSACHUSETTS A three-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
MICHIGAN A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
MINNESOTA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
MISSISSIPPI A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
MISSOURI A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
MONTANA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
NEBRASKA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
NEVADA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
NEW HAMPSHIRE A three-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
NEW JERSEY A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
NEW MEXICO A three-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
NEW YORK A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
NORTH CAROLINA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
NORTH DAKOTA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
OHIO A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
OKLAHOMA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
OREGON A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
PENNSYLVANIA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
RHODE ISLAND A one-year statute of limitation applies to slander actions. A three-year statute of limitation applies to libel actions.
SOUTH CAROLINA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
SOUTH DAKOTA A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
TENNESSEE A six-month statute of limitation applies to slander actions. A one-year statute of limitation applies to libel actions.
TEXAS A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
UTAH A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
VERMONT A three-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
VIRGINIA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
WASHINGTON A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
WEST VIRGINIA A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
WISCONSIN A two-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
WYOMING A one-year statute of limitation applies to defamation actions.
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