Limitation Periods

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Often Overlooked, but Effective, Provisions to Consider for your Benefit Plans

The Issue: When benefits under welfare plans – such as health plans and disability plans – are denied, litigation frequently results. In the context of “self-funded” plans (in contrast to “fully insured” plans, which are...more

Workers' Comp. Alert: WCAB Significant Panel Decision Emphasizes Timeliness For A Valid UR Decision

On November 20, 2014, the WCAB issued Bodam v. San Bernardino County/Department of Social Services, and declared it to be A Significant Panel Decision, which means it is citable before the board, but is not persuasive...more

Can't You Hear Me Knocking? Amending ERISA

On October 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., 134 S.Ct. 604 (2013). The specific question before the Court in that case, as expressly stated by...more

Confirmation That the Limitation Period for 'Building Actions' is 10 Years, Not Six

The recent Victorian Court of Appeal decision of Brirek Industries Pty Ltd v McKenzie Group Consulting (Vic) Pty Ltd [2014] VSCA 165 (Brirek Case) has settled the appropriate time period, at least in Victoria, in which a...more

Too Late, Even If Not Too Little: Joining a National Trend, New Jersey Puts the Brakes on Driver’s Claims as Untimely based on...

When does two years become six months? When a signed employment application says it does.1 Last month, New Jersey recognized the express lane permitting employers and employees to set their own limitations periods,...more

Big Banks Argue that Shorter Limitations Period Should Apply to MBS Claims

Recently, the defendants in FDIC as Receiver for Colonial Bank v. Chase Mortgage Finance Group, et al (Civ No. 1:12-cv-06166) filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings, asking the court to dismiss as time-barred the...more

New York Court of Appeals Holds Property Policy Time Limitation for Replacement Costs Suits Amounts to “Claim Nullification”

Facts and Underlying Litigation - Will New York courts enforce a time-limitation period for suits for replacement costs against an insurer under a property policy, even if the insured could not have completed the...more

Do Your Plans Include a Time Limit on a Participant’s Right to Sue?

Some, but far from all, employee benefit plans set a limit on the amount of time a participant has to file a lawsuit claiming benefits under the plan. Until recently, however, not all courts would recognize these plan...more

Green v. CIBC: Court Of Appeal Revisits Limitation Period For Secondary Market Securities Class Actions And Limits Common Law...

Overview - The Court of Appeal for Ontario’s recent decision in Green v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(“Green”) is significant in two respects. First, the Court clarified the limitation period applicable to...more

Employers Should Determine The Reasonableness Of Their Benefit Plans' Limitations Period Based On A Recent U.S. Supreme Court...

In Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., the Supreme Court recently upheld a plan-imposed limitations period on a participant’s right to file suit for benefits so long as that period is not unreasonably short...more

Supreme Court Allows Employers to Limit Time Periods for Bringing Employee Benefit Plan Suits

In a recently-issued decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that employee benefit plans may include a contractual limitations period for filing suit under ERISA §502(a)(1)(B) so long as that period is not...more

Take It to the Limit – The High Court Reviews When ERISA Plan Limitation of Actions Period Begins

It is well-settled that parties can contract for the length of a limitation of actions period. It also is well-settled that parties may contract for a limitation of actions period to start before the time to commence an...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds ERISA Plan Limitation Periods

On December 16, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance (U.S., No. 12-729, 12/16/13), that a contractual limitation period for challenging a denial of benefits under an ERISA-governed plan may...more

Securities Regulation: The Supreme Court of Canada Speaks Again

The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued its decision in McLean v British Columbia (Securities Commission). The case is the first by the Court to address inter-provincial cooperation in relation to securities...more

Settlement Privilege, Limitation Periods and the Meaning of Without Prejudice

In Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. v Penn West Petroleum Ltd., 2013 ABCA 10, the Alberta Court of Appeal explains the key principles of settlement privilege and confirms the important protection this provides. The Court addresses...more

Supreme Court Defers To Securities Commission On The Interpretation Of Limitation Periods In Secondary Proceedings

On December 5, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its much-anticipated decision in McLean v. British Columbia (Securities Commission), providing clarity on the limitation period applicable to “secondary proceedings”...more

Will the Supreme Court Change the Law on Limitations?

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in an ERISA-governed long term disability benefits case, Heimeshoff vs. Hartford Life and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Case Number 12-729). The plaintiff in the case...more

Sixth Circuit Prohibits Employers From Contractually Shortening the Limitations Period for FLSA Claims

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision in Boaz v. FedEx Customer Information Services, Inc., rejecting an employer’s defense to a claim made for unpaid overtime on the basis of a provision in an...more

6th Circuit: An agreement that shortens the limitations period for FLSA and EPA claims is not enforceable because it deprives the...

The Sixth Circuit recently made clear in Boaz v. FedEx, et al., No. 12-5319, that an employer cannot shorten the time within which an employee can bring claims under the FLSA and EPA....more

Limitation Changes in British Columbia

A new Limitation Act came into force in B.C. on June 1st, 2013. The Limitation Act, SBC 2012, c 13 (the “New Act”) is intended to simplify the process for civil claims and bring B.C.’s limitation periods in line with the...more

Abolishment of Limitation Periods for Contaminated Sites in BC Put on Hold

In 2012, the government of B.C. passed legislation that would eliminate any limitation period previously applicable to actions to recover the costs of environmental remediation under the Environmental Management Act, S.B.C....more

Asbestos Alert: Supreme Court Clarifies When Dissolved Corporations May Be Sued Greb v Diamond International Corp...

Dissolved corporations are frequently sued after their dissolution has taken place in an effort to reach insurance policy coverage for the claim being made. California has a statute, Corporation Code §2010, which does not...more

Supreme Court Holds California’s Survival Statute Inapplicable To Delaware Corporation

Section 278 of the Delaware General Corporation in effect limits suits against dissolved corporations to a period of three years from dissolution. In contrast, Section 2010 of the California Corporations Code sets no time...more

Court Of Appeal Agrees To Reconsider Timminco

On February 6, 2013, the Court of Appeal for Ontario agreed to review its much discussed decision in Sharma v. Timminco Limited (2012 ONCA 107). Background - Timminco concerned a proposed class action in which...more

Limitation Periods for Environmental Cost Recovery Claims in BC Abolished

The government of B.C. recently passed legislation that will eliminate any limitation period previously applicable to actions to recover the costs of environmental remediation under the Environmental Management Act, S.B.C....more

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