statute of limitations

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statute of limitations

n. pl. statutes of limitations
A legal restriction, as by law or court decision, on the time that is allowed to elapse between the arising of a legal claim and the filing of a suit based on such legal claim.

statute of limitations

n
(Law) a legislative enactment prescribing the period of time within which proceedings must be instituted to enforce a right or bring an action at law. See also laches

stat′ute of limita′tions


n.
a statute defining the period within which legal action may be taken.
[1760–70]

statute of limitations

A statute that sets a time period during which legal proceedings must be begun.
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Noun1.statute of limitations - a statute prescribing the time period during which legal action can be taken
law - legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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47) The Court reasoned that statutes of limitation were intended to provide "certainty and finality," which was accomplished through interpreting the "claim of exemption" requirement consistently throughout the PRA.
Courts correctly read "chargeable" to incorporate only the substantive definitions of state law, not statutes of limitation, or other procedural rules.
have statutes of limitation of eight years or less, according to Jeff Caruso, executive director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, which opposed the bill.
A statute of limitation law specifies the maximum time that may pass before legal action regarding the public policy justification for having statutes of limitation is so citizens will know when a threat of legal action will expire.
The first circumstance under which statutes of limitation apply is where a state statute expressly provides for their application.
Paying back your debts is important, but having statutes of limitation is also important.
That legal claims over misconduct in the 1850s are beginning to get a respectful hearing is just one more manifestation of a trend in American law that deserves more scrutiny than it has received: the persistent erosion of statutes of limitation and the principles behind them.
Therefore, due diligence file retention is governed by analysis of the statutes of limitation for these various causes of action.
Supreme Court's highly charged rulings last month involving affirmative action and anti-sodomy laws was another important decision by the high court involving statutes of limitations.
Perhaps Cooley has run out of time, for statutes of limitation create limits after which no prosecution is permitted.
No specific references to statutes of limitation are made within the new statute itself.
36) Not only was the Clayton Act the best analogy for civil RICO, but adopting the Clayton Act's nationally uniform four-year limitations period for all civil RICO claims would also prevent forum shopping, (37) promote RICO's remedial purposes by avoiding the application of "unduly short state statutes of limitation [s]," (38) and lead to certainty, consistency, and less litigation.