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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He was wild when he was young; a long while ago to be sure; but in the law of God, there is no statute of limitations.
23) Congress, too, has been aware of these concerns for several years, as both the House and the Senate have considered proposals to extend the statute of limitations for public corruption crimes.
Gillmore was arrested in 1986 and admitted to sexual assaults against nine girls and women, but was charged with only one of them because the six-year statute of limitations on the others, including Tudor's, had expired.
20) Although Washington State's Annotated Code includes a two-year "catch-all" statute of limitations for actions not addressed elsewhere, (21) the PRA's language leaves at least one question unanswered: what limitations period applies when an agency produces all requested documents in a single installment?
Cosby is seeking a dismissal of Huth's lawsuit, arguing it is blocked by the statute of limitations.
The notification that the statute of limitations may have expired is meant to help consumers confronted by debt collectors trying to collect on what the department called "zombie debt", which is debt older than its legal statute of limitations.
Not only is that interpretation not consistent with the governing statute and the terms of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy, but combined with relief granted by FEMA to Sandy victims extending the deadline for submitting proof of loss statements, could leave homeowners in a Cycatch-22': Hurry up and file a lawsuit, which would require submitting a proof of loss and thus making FEMA's proof of loss extension meaningless; or wait to submit a proof of loss and obtain a final determination and hope that the court overrules FEMA's interpretation of the statute of limitations," say the senators.
There is no statute of limitations on murder in the UK.
Failure to file a lawsuit within the applicable state's statute of limitations will, in most cases, prevent recovery for claims related to this defective medical device.
An examination of RICO and its legislative history sadly reveals that it does not contain a provision for a statute of limitations specifically designed to take into account the unique character of a RICO investigation and prosecution.
In Turkey, the statute of limitations is 30 years for crimes necessitating an aggravated life sentence, 25 years for crimes calling for a life sentence, 20 years for crimes requiring a 20-year prison sentence, 15 years for crimes warranting a sentence of up to 15 years and five years for crimes entailing eight years.
Opposition politician Antonio di Pietro said: "Once again, the statute of limitations has saved Berlusconi from his responsibility.