The facts you presented don't qualify as defamatory and are not actionable.
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Consult with a local lawyer. Statutes of limitation and what tolls these deadlines is best addressed by a local lawyer. The answer varies from one state to the next. Good luck.
Statements in the course of litigation and utilization of court processes are not subject to defamation law. There are, instead, potential abuse or process and malicious prosecution claims, but these are very difficult cases with high standards of proof and exacting procedural gauntlets.
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