More than 5 years ago, while attempting to connect a pipe, a contractor working for a homeowner inadvertently damaged the utility company's pipe. The contractor called the utility company to report the incident. The Utility Company came and fixed it, and therafter sent a bill to the contractor. Apparently the contractor did not pay. Out of the blues the utility company then took the homeowner to court, having never contacted homeowner during those 5 years. Is this valid by the Utility company?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Generally most suits must be filed within three years. There are exceptions to this general rule, such as when a contract is signed under seal. However, if someone tries to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations, the suit may be kicked out.
Please note that this general information is not a substitute for legal advice. You are strongly encouraged to have an attorney promptly review a case if you find yourself facing a lawsuit. The law imposes strict deadlines to respond to legal papers.
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