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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to judiciary|
|Feb 01, 2013||referred to judiciary|
senate Bill S3334
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- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
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S3334 - Details
S3334 - Summary
Repeals and reenacts statute of limitation provisions on wrongful death, personal injury and property damage actions against professional engineers, architects, landscape architects, land surveyors and construction contractors to provide for a limitations period of ten years after completion of improvement to real property; "completion", which constitutes the accrual date for the limitations period, is defined; provides for a one year extension for injuries to person or property or wrongful death which occur during the tenth year after completion.
S3334 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S3334 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil practice law and rules, in relation to providing a statute of limitations for certain actions against professional engineers, architects, landscape architects, land surveyors and construction contractors and to repeal section 214-d, subdivision (h) of rule 3211 and subdivision (i) of rule 3212 of the civil practice law and rules relating thereto PURPOSE: To establish time limits after which tort claims for personal injury or wrongful death may not be asserted against design professionals and construction contractors. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Repeals section 214(d), subdivision (h) of Rule 3211 and subdivision (i) of Rule 3212, and adds a new section 214(d) to the Civil Practice Law and Rules ("CPLR") to establish a ten year statute of repose for professional injury or wrongful death actions brought against professional engineers, architects, landscape architects, land surveyors or construction contractors. The accrual date for the limitations period would be the date of completion of the project. The term completion is defined in subsection 4 of the proposed statute. The bill also includes a one year extension of time (or grace period) so that if an injury or death occurs during the tenth year after completion of the project the plaintiff will have an extra year to commence an action.
S3334 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 3334 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 1, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the civil practice law and rules, in relation to provid- ing a statute of limitations for certain actions against professional engineers, architects, landscape architects, land surveyors and construction contractors and to repeal section 214-d, subdivision (h) of rule 3211 and subdivision (i) of rule 3212 of the civil practice law and rules relating thereto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Statement of findings and purpose. The legislature finds that (a) the open-ended and continuing liability imposed upon members of the design professions and construction contractors, due to alleged deficiencies relating to improvements to real property, has resulted in an unfair burden on such professionals and a general increase in the cost of both public and private improvements to real property, (b) the cost of maintaining adequate insurance coverage is so expensive that a significant number of design professionals and construction contractors are forced to forego insurance coverage altogether to the detriment of the public's safety and welfare. The legislature further finds that the best designed and constructed improvement is dependent upon proper main- tenance to preserve its integrity and safety and it is thus of impor- tance to the public safety and welfare to ensure than an owner maintains and repairs that which is the property of the owner. The legislature therefore finds that it is necessary and desirable to establish a time limit after which tort claims for personal injury or wrongful death may not be asserted against such professionals and contractors. That statute of repose set forth herein, with a claim accruing on the date that the improvement was completed, will preserve the liability of the profes- sional and contractor during a period in which the defects, if any, will EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02789-01-3
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