December 21, 2011
Westlaw Reference Attorneys are outlining strategies for some of our customer’s most common and challenging research tasks. Bill Josten just completed, Statutes of Limitation Research Strategies (pdf):
The first point that can cause hours of frustration is that, while there may be some exceptions, codified statutes will rarely refer to a Statute of Limitations in a chapter heading, a title, or a statute caption. More commonly, the relevant statutes will be grouped under headings like Limitation of Action, Time for Filing of Action, or even Proscription of Action. In New York, the relevant statutes are in the Civil Practice Law and Rules in an article entitled Limitations of Time. In California, they come under the Code of Civil Procedure in a title called Of the Time of Commencing Civil Actions. In these circumstances, browsing the Table of Contents may prove to be more of a hindrance than a help.
Upcoming documents will cover pre-trial discovery disputes, prior art challenges, and elements of uncommon actions. Of course, we welcome your input. If there’s a topic you’d like covered, let us know.