There is a two year statute of limitations in Washington for bringing defamation claims. Defamation is the “catch all” term used in Washington to describe both libel and slander.
Truth is an absolute defense to defamation. There are also instances where the otherwise defamatory statement is considered “privileged”. One frequent privilege invoked is the litigation privilege. It prevents defamation claims from being brought against persons who make an otherwise defamatory statement in the context of litigation.
Defamation claims are somewhat unusual to the extent that while they constitute an intentional tort, they are oftentimes covered under policies of insurance.
If you have questions, please contact a personal injury attorney.