Despite Statute, Rite Aid Worker Can Sue: Judge

Law360, New York (December 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A former Rite Aid Corp. employee in Philadelphia who was accused of theft can sue the company for defamation even though he first learned of the alleged defamatory statements outside the statute of limitations period, a federal judge has ruled, carving an exception to Pennsylvania's traditional “single publication rule.”

The “single publication rule," which says that a defamation cause of action accrues only once, when the material is first printed, should not apply to employment database reports, Judge Bruce W. Kauffman of the U.S. District Court...
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