Defense alleges that plaintiff's defamation action is time-barred for failure to file within a year of publication of the allegedly defamatory article. Because the article appeared in hard copy on 3/22/96, but was available on AOL on 3/21/96, the question has become whether availability on an online service constitutes a "publication" that commences the running of the statute of limitations. Pending. Reported in the New York Times, 11/3/97, C1 and 6.
Keywords: Procedure, defamation