Is there a time limit to file a defamation of character lawsuit in the state of North Carolina?

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Is there a time limit to file a defamation of character lawsuit in the state of North Carolina?

Asked on April 30, 2009 under Criminal Law, Alabama

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

In NC the statutory period within which to bring a claim for defamation is 1 year and is said to start running at the time a claim "accrues".  Ordinarily, that is the time at which an injury is suffered.  However, a minor is allowed to file suit within three years of his or her eighteenth birthday.

Please note that it may be possible to bring multiple causes of action from a single incident of wrongful conduct, and thus even if it appears that the relevant statute of limitations has run it may remain possible to bring a different claim.  It is a very good idea for somebody who is concerned about losing their right to sue as a result of the expiration of the statutory limitations period to consult with a qualified lawyer who can help determine which statute applies and help preserve the right to recover damages. 

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