Los Angeles, CA asked in Libel & Slander for Kansas

Q: Hello, I have a defamation of caricature question, on statue of limitations.

I'm wanting know if someone said something untrue that kept you from being gainfully employed as a contractor in your profession a couple years back, would the statue of limitations still apply as long as it kept you from working on customers property? IE lets say you were a lineman working for a contractor in the KS area for a large utility and had a disagreement over a few things with one of their managers (no threats) and this caused you to be black balled off the property. The false accusations have caused you to not be able to work in your home state, so you must travel constantly, and with that have taken a considerable hit in the financial, mental health, and physical health aspects. In the span of a couple months three separate contractors told you they couldn't hire you due to what was said by (utility rep). For 20 years you worked on the property with no safety violations, no reprimands, and no issues, until utility rep decided they didn't care for you.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Kansas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. A Kansas attorney needs to advise on this, since it involves state procedural law in the form of SOL. But in general, SOLs for defamation are very short and are referenced by the publication of the statement. Check with a local attorney as to whether there might be any doctrines that could serve you in light of the continuing damages. Good luck

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