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31. In its 2001 report on Limitation of Actions20, the Law Commission recommended changing the limitation period for defamation actions to three years from the date of the claimant’s knowledge of the defamatory statement, with a long-stop period of 10 years from the date that the cause of action arose, whilst removing the discretion in section 32A of the 1980 Act. The Government intends to consult on draft legislation arising from the Commission’s report but considers that because of the link between the limitation period for defamation claims and issues relating to the multiple publication rule the two issues are best considered together in this paper.

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