657-4 Two years; libel and slander. All actions for libel or slander shall be commenced within two years after the cause of action accrued, and not after. [CC 1859, 1037; am imp L 1907, c 113, 1; am L 1913, c 19, 1; RL 1925, 2642; RL 1935, 3913; RL 1945, 10424; RL 1955, 241-4; am L 1965, c 139, 2; HRS 657-4]

 

Case Notes

 

 

Portions of plaintiff's defamation claim based on defendant's 2007 report and alleged 2007 statements were time-barred, where plaintiff filed the action in 2010. 892 F. Supp. 2d 1245 (2012).

Claim for defamation accrues when defamee discovers or reasonably should have discovered publication. 65 H. 478, 653 P.2d 1155 (1982).

Distinguished from "general" personal injury statute of limitations of 657-7. 73 H. 578, 837 P.2d 1247 (1992).

Cited: 42 H. 177, 179 (1957).

Mentioned: 817 F. Supp. 850 (1992).

 

 

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