Defamation Statute of Limitations: A 50 State List

defamation statute of limitationsList of Defamation Statute of Limitations for Each U.S. State

What is the defamation statute of limitations for each U.S. state? Answers are below.

Alabama – Two Years. (Code of Alabama. Title 6. Section 38(k))

Alaska – Two Years. (Alaska Statutes. Title 9. Section 70(a))

Arizona – One Year. (Arizona Revised Statutes. Title 12. Section 541)

Arkansas – Three Years. (Arkansas Code. Title 16. Subtitle 5. Section 105(5))

California – One Year. (California Code of Civil Procedure. Part 2. Title 2. Section 340(c))

Colorado – One Year. (Colorado Revised Statutes. Title 13. Section 103(a))

Connecticut – Two Years. (General Statutes of Connecticut. Title 52. Section 597)

Delaware – Two Years. (Delaware Code. Title 10. Section 8119)

District of Columbia – One Year. (District of Columbia Official Code. Title 12. Section 301(4))

Florida – Two Years. (Florida Statutes. Title 8. Section 95.11(4)(g))

Georgia – One Year. (Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Title 9. Section 33)

Hawaii – Two Years. (Hawaii Revised Statutes. Title 36. Section 657-4)

Idaho – Two Years. (Idaho Statutes. Title 5. Section 219(5))

Illinois – One Year. (Illinois Compiled Statutes. Chapter 735. Article 13. Section 201)

Indiana – Two Years. (Indiana Code. Title 34. Article 11. Chapter 2. Section 4(1))

Iowa – Two Years. (Iowa Code. Title 15. Chapter 614. Section 614.2)

Kansas – One Year. (Kansas Statutes Annotated. Chapter 60. Article 5. Section 60-513)

Kentucky – One Year. (Kentucky Revised Statutes. Title 36. Section 413.140(1)(d))

Louisiana – One Year. (Louisiana Civil Code. Article 3492)

Maine – Two Years. (Maine Revised Statutes. Title 14. Section 753)

Maryland – One Year. (Maryland Code. Courts and Judicial Proceedings. Title 5. Section 105)

Massachusetts – Three Years. (Massachusetts General Laws. Part 3. Title V. Chapter 260. Section 2A)

Michigan – One Year. (Michigan Compiled Laws. Chapter 600. Section 5805(9))

Minnesota – Two Years. (Minnesota Statutes. Chapter 541. Section 541.07(1))

Mississippi – One Year. (Mississippi Code. Title 15. Chapter 1. Section 35)

Missouri – Two Years. (Missouri Revised Statutes. Title 35. Chapter 516. Section 140)

Montana – Two Years. (Montana Code Annotated. Title 27. Chapter 2. Section 204(3))

Nebraska – One Year. (Nebraska Revised Statutes. Chapter 25. Section 208)

Nevada – Two Years. (Nevada Revised Statutes. Title 2. Chapter 11. Section 190(4)(c))

New Hampshire – Three Years. (New Hampshire Statutes. Title 52. Chapter 508. Section 508.4(2))

New Jersey – One Year. (New Jersey Statutes Annotated. Title 2A. Chapter 14. Section 14-3)

New Mexico – Three Years. (Chapter 37. Article 1. Section 8)

New York – One Year. (New York Code. Civil Practice Law and Rules. Article 2. Section 215(3))

North Carolina – One Year. (North Carolina General Statutes. Chapter 1. Section 54(3))

North Dakota – Two Years. (North Dakota Century Code. Title 28. Chapter 1. Section 18(1))

Ohio – One Year. (Ohio Revised Code. Title 23. Section 2305.11(A))

Oklahoma – One Year. (Oklahoma Statutes. Title 12. Section 95(A)(4))

Oregon – One Year. (Oregon Revised Statutes. Title 2. Section 12.120(2))

Pennsylvania – One Year. (Pennsylvania Code. Title 42. Section 5523(1))

Rhode Island – One Year. (Rhode Island General Laws. Title 9. Section 1-14(a))

South Carolina – Two Years. (South Carolina Code of Laws. Title 15. Section 3-550(1))

South Dakota – Two Years. (South Dakota Codified Laws. Title 15. Section 2-15(1))

Tennessee – Six months for slander; one year for libel. (Tennessee Code. Title 28. Sections 3-103, 3-104(a)(1))

Texas – One Year. (Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Title 2. Section 16.002(a))

Utah – One Year. (Utah Code. Title 78B. Section 2-302(4))

Vermont – Three Years. (Vermont Statutes. Title 12. Section 512(3))

Virginia – One Year. (Virginia Statutes. Title 8.01. Section 247.1)

Washington – Two Years. (Revised Code of Washington. Title 4. Section 16.100(1))

West Virginia – Two Years. (West Virginia Code. Chapter 55. Section 2-12(b))

Wisconsin – Three Years. (Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations. Chapter 893. Section 57)

Wyoming – One Year. (Wyoming Statutes Annotated. Title 1. Section 3-105(a)(5)(A))

Defamation statute of limitations start from the date of publication. If an article is published in print, then referenced later online, the “countdown” can start from the online publication date, as it counts as a new count of libel.

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