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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Breaking SoL News from Ohio

Ohio reports a recent change made by the Ohio House concerning the statute of limitations (SoL) for lawsuits alleging causes of action for breach of contract.  Until recently, a party in Ohio had up to 15 years after a cause of action accrued to file a lawsuit for breach of written contract.  However, S.B. 224, which was unanimously passed on Thursday, May 24, 2012, reduces the time period to eight years.  In most states, the SoL for braech of contract is six years or less.

Speaker William Batchelder, R-District 69 said “this law has dated back to the days of early statehood, when businesses and consumers moved at a much slower pace.  Obviously the speed at which industry moves has increased rapidly since then and S.B. 224 brings Ohio more in line with today’s fast-paced world.”

We'll see if the governor signs the law and brings Ohio's SoL into line with that of other states.

[Christina Phillips & JT]

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