From Ken Ditkowsky on Limitations Period for Civil Rights actions

From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Feb 14, 2014 10:19 AM
To: Jo Anne M Denison , Tim NASGA , NASGA , probate sharks , Harry Heckert , j ditkowsky , Lawrence Hyman , “Mr. Lanre Amu — honest atty unfairly persecuted by ARDC” , GLORIA SYKES
Subject: Fw: WestlawNext – Jones v. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.

 
JoAnne,
 
Apparently the Supreme Court of the United States decisions are a nuisance to Stern, Farenga, Schmeidel.    The attached case holds that civil rights suits are governed by a 4 year Federal Statute of Limitations not the shortest State Statute.   In addition please note:
 
1. Legal Standard for Rule 12(b)(6) and Statute of Limitations
123 A defendant may raise the affirmative defense of statute of limitations via a Rule 12(b)(6) motion when the facts that give rise to the defense are clear from the face of the complaint. Smith–Haynie v. District of Columbia, 155 F.3d 575, 578 (D.C.Cir.1998). Because statute of limitations issues often depend on contested questions of fact, however, the court should hesitate to dismiss a complaint on statute of limitations grounds based solely on the face of the complaint. Firestone v. Firestone, 76 F.3d 1205, 1209 (D.C.Cir.1996). Rather, the court should grant a motion to dismiss only if the complaint on its face is conclusively time barred. Id.; Doe v. Dep’t of Justice, 753 F.2d 1092, 1115 (D.C.Cir.1985). If “no reasonable person could disagree on the date” on which the cause of action accrued, the court may dismiss a claim on statute of limitations grounds. Smith v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., 3 F.Supp.2d 1473, 1475 (D.D.C.1998) (citing Kuwait Airways Corp. v. Am. Sec. Bank, N.A., 890 F.2d 456, 463 n. 11 (D.C.Cir.1989)).   Lewis v. Bayh, 577 F. Supp. 2d 47, 51 (D.D.C. 2008)
 
2.We thus hold that the Illinois five-year statute of limitations applies to statutory claims brought under the Civil Rights Acts. Jones v. Jones, 410 F.2d 365 (7th Cir. 1969), cert. denied, 396 U.S. 1013, 90 S.Ct. 547, 24 L.Ed.2d 505 (1970), is hereby overruled.   Beard v. Robinson, 563 F.2d 331, 338 (7th Cir. 1977)
 3.  Holdings: The Supreme Court, Justice Stevens, held that:
1 cause of action is governed by federal “catch-all” four-year statute of limitations if the claim was made possible by a post–1990 enactment, and
2 employees’ hostile work environment, wrongful termination, and failure-to-transfer claims were governed by federal “catch-all” limitations period.   Jones v. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 541 U.S. 369, 124 S. Ct. 1836, 158 L. Ed. 2d 645 (2004)
 
 
Ken Ditkowsky
 

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