Reviving Time-Barred Actions Via Legislation

Law360, New York (March 15, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT) -- Statutes of limitations provide manufacturers and their insurers with certainty regarding potential product liabilities and relieve the courts and defendants of the burden and prejudice of stale claims. But what happens when your client is defending a suit and moves for summary judgment in a civil action on grounds that the plaintiff’s claims are time-barred, and “emergency” legislation is subsequently enacted that purports to extend the limitations period at issue?

Consider a 2010 action in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for personal injuries...
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