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Legal Memorandum: Statute of Limitations under TX Law

Issue: What is the applicable statute of limitations under Texas law on various causes of action?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Statute of limitations; Various causes of action
Jurisdiction: Texas
Cited Cases: 950 S.W.2d 429; 243 F. Supp. 2d 686; 86 S.W.3d 329; 252 F. Supp. 2d 336; 661 S.W.2d 907; 900 S.W.2d 499; 73 S.W.2d 412; 920 S.W.2d 323; 962 S.W.2d 507; 499 S.W.2d 730; 20 F.3d 1362; 958 S.W.2d 430
Cited Statutes: Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.003(a), § 16.004, § 16.004(a)(4); Tex. Ins. Code § 541.162; Tex. Bus. & Comm. Code § 17.565
Date: 11/01/2005

Negligence

Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.003(a) (2002) (Two-year statute of limitations for negligence generally).

Rice v. Williams & Assoc., 86 S.W.3d 329 (Tex. App. Ct.–Texarkana 2002) (Two-year statute of limitations for negligence).

Green v. Helmcamp Ins. Agency, 499 S.W.2d 730 (Tex. App. Ct.–Houston 1973) (Statute of limitations for claims sounding in tort do not arise until legal injury is suffered.)

Negligent Misrepresentation

Kansa Reinsurance Co. v. Congressional Mortgage Corp., 20 F.3d 1362 (5th Cir. 1994) (Under Texas law, negligent misrepresentation claims are subject to the two-year general tort statute of limitations.)

Hunton v. Guardian Life Ins. Co., 243 F. Supp. 2d 686 (S.D. Tex. 2002) (“In Texas, negligent misrepresentation claims sound in negligence, not fraud.”)

Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.003(a) (2002) (Two-year statute of limitations for negligence generally).

Breach of Oral Contract

Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.004 (2002) (Four-year statute of limitations for breach of contract.)

Rice v. Williams & Assoc., 86 S.W.3d 329 (Tex. App. Ct.–Texarkana 2002) (Four-year statute of limitations for breach of contract).

Kansa Reinsurance Co. v. Congressional Mortgage Corp., 20 F.3d 1362 (5th Cir. 1994) (Under Texas law, breach of contract claims are subject to the four-year statute of limitations.)

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.004(a)(4) (2002) (Four-year statute of limitations for breach of fiduciary duty).

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