Legal Memorandum: Doctrine of Equitable Tolling

Issue: Under the law of the Virgin Islands, when does the doctrine of equitable tolling apply?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Doctrine of equitable tolling; Statute of limitations
Jurisdiction: Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: 235 F.3d 845; 281 F.3d 38; 688 N.W.2d 473; 281 F.3d 383; 676 N.Y.S.2d 232; 722 N.Y.S.2d 82; 296 F.3d 200; 412 A.2d 122; 839 F.2d 987; 577 A.2d 907
Cited Statutes: Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6); 5 V.I.C. § 36(a)(1), § 31(5), § 36(a)(1); 4 C.J.S. Limitation of Actions § 153 (2005)
Date: 07/01/2006

   A Court will affirm the trial court’s grant of a motion to dismiss only upon a determination that the plaintiff could prove no set of facts that would entitle him to relief.  Petersen v. United Steel Workers of Am., No. Civ. 2004/0062 (D.V.I. Aug. 30, 2004) TA l "Petersen v. United Steel Workers of Am., No. Civ.2004/0062, 2004 WL 1987235 (D.V.I. Aug. 30, 2004)" s "Petersen v. United Steel Workers of Am. (D.V.I. Aug. 30, 2004)" c 1  (quoting Langford v. Atlantic City, 235 F.3d 845, 847 (3d Cir. 2000) TA l "Langford v. City of Atl. City, 235 F.3d 845 (3d Cir. 2000)" s "Langford v. City of Atl. City (3d Cir. 2000)" c 1 ).  When the trial court determines a motion to dismiss under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) TA l "Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6)" s "Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6)" c 4  for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, it must accept as true the allegations in the plaintiff’s complaint, and must construe reasonable inferences in the light most favorable to the plaintiff.  Id. (quoting U.S. Express Lines, Ltd. v. Higgins, 281 F.3d 383′);”>281 F.3d 383, 387 (3d Cir. 2002) TA l "U.S. Express Lines, Ltd. v. Higgins, 281 F.3d 38 (33d Cir. 2002)" s "U.S. Express Lines, Ltd. v. Higgins (3d Cir. 2002)" c 1 ).

Pursuant to 5 V.I.C. § 36(a)(1) […]

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