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Statutory rules limiting the time within which civil actions can be brought. The present law is contained in the Limitation Act 1980, the Latent Damage Act 1986, and the Consumer Protection Act 1987. In strict liability actions for defective products (see product liability), the period is three years from accrual of the cause of action or (if later) the date when the claimant knew or should have known the material facts, but not later than ten years from when the product was put into circulation.

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