accrual rule – delays the limitations period to when the plaintiff discovers the facts which form the bases for a cause of action (often in fraud cases)

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accrual rule:

1. A doctrine delaying the existence of a claim until the plaintiff has discovered it.  *  The accrual rule arose in fraud cases as an exception to the general limitations rule that a claim comes into existence once the plaintiff knows, or with due diligence should know, facts to form the bases for a cause of action.  See Merck & Co. v. Reynolds, 559 U.S. 633, 646-47, 130 S.Ct. 1784, 1794-95 (2010). [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6 


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