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Customer: My name is ***** ***** Hampl.
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Customer: My question, briefly, is whether federal or state (Arizona) law has a statute of limitations for defamation and/or respondeat superior/vicarious libaility for defamation or libel.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 year ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

Defamation is handled under state law, not federal. The statute of limitations for a defamation action in Arizona is one year from the date the false statement was true. Statements are considered to be "republished" every time they are stated, so if someone is saying untrue things about you regularly, each gives rise to a new cause of action. The internet is always accessible, so there's also an argument that statements posted online are republished daily and therefore can be filed later (although, if possible, you should still file before the one year is up).

Vicarious liability isn't a specific tort - it's a theory of liability. The cause of action against the employer is still defamation, so the one year limitation period applies.

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