Uniform Single Publication Act Law and Legal Definition

The Uniform Single Publications Act was intended to address the shortcomings inherent in the common law multiple publication rule, which allowed numerous and stale lawsuits to arise from a single defamatory statement published multiple times. The single publication rule provides that “any one edition of a book or newspaper, or any one radio or television broadcast, exhibition or a motion picture or similar aggregate communication is a single publication.” A single publication gives rise to only one cause of action and only one statute of limitations period applies to that action. In addition, damages suffered in all jurisdictions may be addressed in the same action and a judgment in that action bars similar suits between the same parties in all jurisdictions.

Many states like Illinois, Idaho, Arizona, California and New Mexico has adopted the act.