By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A new appellate court ruling says republication on the Internet of an alleged defamation restarts 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 on the Internet.

However, the Court of appeals says the defamation lawsuit was allowed. That’s because the defendants republished the allegedly defamatory material on the Internet and the lawsuit was filed within a year of the republication.

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