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Updated Aug 20, 2014 - 10:35 am

Court ruling: Republishing defamatory remarks online restarts lawsuit clock

PHOENIX -- A new appellate court ruling said republishing on the Internet of an alleged defamation restarted Arizona's deadline for filing a lawsuit within one year of publication.

The state Court of Appeals issued its ruling Tuesday in an appeal of a jury verdict that found a couple liable for defamation resulting from statements published about another couple.

The lawsuit was filed more than a year after the alleged defamatory statements were posted online.

However, the appeals court said the defamation lawsuit was allowed. That's because the defendants republished the material in question on the Internet and the lawsuit was filed within a year of republishing.

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