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Effective October 1, 2009, the statue of repose for products liability is 12 years. A statute of repose bars any suit that is brought after a specified period of time even if the plaintiff has not been injured at that time. For example, under the new law a plaintiff could not sue a defendant manufacturer 13 years after purchasing a product made by that manufacturer even if the plaintiff was not injured by the product until that time. The new law sounds plaintiff friendly but in fact is a minor blow to defendants as the old law limited actions to only six years.

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