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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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The New York State Department of Financial Services recently sent subpoenas to six debt-collection firms after receiving a "substantial" number of complaints, including some involving debt beyond statutes of limitations where demands for payment could not legally be enforced, according to a person familiar with the cases but not authorized to speak publicly about them.
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Statutes of limitations, also known as statutory time limits, are defined as the enforcement period for a claim through legal proceedings.
If the government's interest in prosecuting crimes, and the goals of just deserts and victims' rights were the only considerations, statutes of limitations might well be "arbitrary," but other weighty considerations argue in favor of having time-bars to prosecution.
Statutes of limitation are statutes of repose-they are designed to bar stale claims.
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The court observed that where there are two statutes of limitations which apply to the same subject matter, one specific and one general, the specific statute controls.
Statutes of limitations have existed since the beginning of the modern legal system and, in some limited forms, actually predate most modern systems.
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QUOD NULLUM TEMPUS occurrit regi literally means "no time runs against the King." This ancient doctrine exempts certain governmental bodies from statutes of limitations, laches, and statutes of repose.