Statute of Limitations
The California legislature sets deadlines (called the statute of limitations) for when a lawsuit can be filed. There is a different statute of limitations period for each type of case. A lawsuit cannot be filed after the statute of limitations has been reached.
Quick list of common statute of limitations periods:
- Lawsuits involving written contracts → 4 years from the day the contract was broken.
- Lawsuits involving oral contracts → 2 years from the date the contract was broken.
- Lawsuits involving security deposits → approximately 2-4 years from when the tenant moved out. *If the rental agreement was oral, approximately 2 years from when the tenant moved out. If the rental agreement was in writing, approximately 4 years from when the tenant moved out.
- Lawsuits involving property damage → 3 years from the date the damage occurred.
- Example: Car accidents
- Lawsuits involving personal injuries → 2 years from the date of the injury.
- Lawsuits involving fraud → 3 years from the date the fraud was discovered.
- Lawsuits involving negligence by a healthcare provider → 3 years from the date of the injury.
- Lawsuits involving defamation → 1 year from when the defamatory statement is first published on made available online.
- Lawsuits against the government → Learn more here.
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