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An Iowa court ruled that a church was barred by the statute of limitations from suing a contractor for numerous construction-related problems.

Key point. The statute of limitations specifies the deadline for filing a civil lawsuit. Lawsuits cannot be brought after this deadline has passed. There are a few exceptions that have been recognized by some courts, including the discovery rule. Under this rule, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until a person "discovers," or with the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the nature and extent of his or her injuries.

An Iowa court ruled that a church was barred by the statute of limitations from suing a contractor for numerous construction-related problems that surfaced shortly after the completion of a construction and remodeling project. A church entered into a contract with a contractor for a construction and remodeling project. The contract included the following paragraph:

The Architect will prepare the Certificate of Substantial Completion, after ...

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  • March 1, 2001

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