Limitations of Actions and Suits

ORS 12.120
Action on escape

  • action for defamation


An action against a sheriff or other officer for the escape of a prisoner arrested or imprisoned on civil process; or


An action for libel or slander shall be commenced within one year. [Amended by 1957 c.374 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Applicable statute of limitations for slander of title. Shenefield v. Axtell, 274 Or 279, 545 P2d 876 (1976)

An action for negligent injury to reputation is an action for defamation subject to a one-year statute of limitations. Coe v. Statesman-Journal Co., 277 Or 117, 560 P2d 254 (1977)

Where allegedly libelous memorandum was confidential in nature and initial publication was not of type plaintiff would be presumed to know about, limitation period of this section began to run at time plaintiff discovered existence of memorandum. White v. Gurnsey, 48 Or App 931, 618 P2d 975 (1980)

Time of discovery rule, under which running of Statute of Limitations is tolled until plaintiff knows or reasonably should know of claim against defendant, did not apply to action for defamations made in public meeting. Workman v. Rajneesh Foundation International, 84 Or App 226, 733 P2d 908 (1987), Sup Ct review denied

When claim characterized as false light alleges facts that also constitute claim for defamation, claim must be filed within period for bringing defamation claim under this provision, not ORS 12.110. Magenis v. Fisher Broadcasting, Inc., 103 Or App 555, 798 P2d 1106 (1990)

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Notes of Decisions

An action for personal injuries caused by breach of implied warranty is clearly one for which "different limitation is prescribed by statute" under ORS 12.010 and thus is not governed by provisions of this chapter. Redfield v. Mead, Johnson & Co., 266 Or 273, 512 P2d 776 (1973)


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