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Let the dead stay buried: online archiving does not bring "zombie" defamation claims back to life

(08/03/15 6:00pm)

Two former "American Idol" contestants waited too long to file their defamation suit against the parent company of MTV and VH1, a federal appeals court decides. The ruling is the latest to apply the "single publication rule" to an article continuously available on a news website. The decision should be reassuring to online publishers -- but with some important cautions.