Supreme court1On June 26, 2017, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, in an opinion written for the majority by Justice Anthony Kennedy, ruled that the Securities Act of 1933’s three-year time limit for filing liability lawsuits is a statute of repose and therefore is not subject to equitable tolling. The Court also said that the principles described in its 1974 American Pipe decision providing for equitable tolling of statute of limitations are inapplicable to the 3-year statute of repose. The Court’s ruling could have important practical implications, particularly with respect to the question whether or not class members will need to file protective individual actions to preserve a later option to opt-out of any class settlement. The court’s opinion in California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities Inc. can be found here.
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