How Va., Md. And DC Put Defective Product Claims To Rest

Law360, New York (July 3, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT) -- Where applicable, statutes of repose are a powerful tool for defendants because they impose an absolute bar to lawsuits arising from claims of defective and unsafe products and real-property improvements. As a result, statutes of repose provide a highly useful protection for a variety of potential defendants, whose professions relate to enhancing and developing real property, including manufacturers of certain products, architects, professional engineers and contractors, among others. This article provides a survey of the statutes of repose in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.

In answering the questions, "What is a statute of repose?" and "What purpose does it serve?" the Fourth...

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