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statute of limitations

[stach′o̅o̅t]
Etymology: L, statuere, to set up, limes, boundary
(in law) a statute that sets a limit of time during which a suit may be brought or criminal charges may be made. In a malpractice suit, dispute may arise as to whether the time set by the particular statute of limitations begins to run at the time of the injury or at the time of the discovery of the injury.

statute of limitations

Malpractice A doctrine that allows a plaintiff 2 to 3 yrs–depending upon the state in the US, from the time of the alleged malpractice or negligence–by a physician or hospital–to file a lawsuit. See Emancipated minor, Malpractice.

Statute of Limitations

the law which limits the time after an event during which a court action related to a claim for damages arising out of the event can be initiated.
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Blue and Vista filed motions to dismiss or for summary judgment on the grounds that Tennessee's one-year statue of limitations had run.
SANTA CLARITA - Fish and Game officials said Thursday that prosecutors assured them criminal charges would be filed against The Newhall Land and Farming Company even though the statue of limitations was running out on claims of destruction of sensitive habitat.
was, in my opinion, a thinly veiled ruse to keep us at bay until the statue of limitations would toll on our claims," said Gualderon.
Morris' burden was to introduce evidence to show that the statue of limitations was not tolled.
Someone has to wonder why someone at the Fish and Game didn't enforce this before the statue of limitations ran out.
The Superior Court, Judicial District of Danbury, granted the hospital's motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the statue of limitations had run.
SEC, in which the US Court of Appeals ruled that a five-year statue of limitations applies to enforcement proceeding brought by the SEC.
There is evidence that after the Northridge Earthquake the insurance industry mishandled or misleadingly underestimated many claims, leaving homeowners in a lurch when the original one-year statue of limitations ran out,'' Burton said in a written statement.
In a related case, New York State has just extended the legal statue of limitations regarding such occurrences.
A hearing on the issue of the statue of limitations is expected to occur in November.
Attempts by Redman's attorneys to dismiss the criminal prosecution based on claims of double jeopardy and expiration of the statue of limitations were unsuccessful.