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statute of limitations

State and federal laws that place a time limit on the ability to make certain claims in a lawsuit.The various statutes are usually fairly clear and might provide 6 years for breach of contract, 2 years for negligence, and 10 years for rights to real property.The part that causes all the litigation is the question of “when does the time period start to run?”As a general rule of thumb, the clock starts ticking when there has been a harm that would give rise to the ability to sue. If a stairway is erected improperly in year 1,but there is no way to know this until it collapses in year 5, then the statute of limitations begins to run in year 5.

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550(6) provides additional certainty and finality to PRA cases, remaining consistent with the overall purpose of statutes of limitations.
Criminal statutes of limitations accrue when the perpetrator commits the crime and run until the government commences the prosecution.
Unless dictated otherwise by public policy, attorneys may include contractual language expressly providing that statutes of limitation shall apply in arbitration.
By so doing, this Note will offer a comprehensive view of the RICO statute of limitations that is consistent not only with the current state of the law but also with the purposes of statutes of limitations generally.
Such an approach would eliminate barriers taxpayers now face with foreign competent authorities by shortening the time required to complete the process and thereby reducing the difficulties with extending foreign statutes of limitations and the administrative costs of both the taxpayer and the government.
There are two types of limitation periods that affect corporate taxpayers: statutes of limitations that limit the normal period for state assessments and taxpayer refund claims and extensions of the normal limitation periods because of either federal tax return examinations or amended return changes.
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Organizations of crime victims have been clamoring for the elimination of statutes of limitations for vicious crimes, arguing that the 2005 revision was insufficient.
Other state legislatures are also enacting laws that eliminate or extend statutes of limitations for offenses in which DNA evidence is found at the crime scene.
Kalunian said the process is complicated because, under the law that took effect in 1994, several different types of crimes could be prosecuted beyond their original statutes of limitations.
Modern science is driving states to take a hard look at their statutes of limitations when it comes to sexual assault.
In addition, most states have,default statutes of limitations that require suits for professional negligence to be brought within two or three years.