How Long Can You Wait To File A Defamation Lawsuit?

In California, you have one year from the date of publication in which to file an action for libel and slander.  Code of Civil Procedure § 340(c).  That's right.  Only one year.  Lawyers call this a "statute of limitations."  Therefore, do not wait to file a defamation claim or you may lose the right to do so.

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