Limitations on actions
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- Limitations on actions
§507. Limitations on actions
(a) Criminal Proceedings.-Except as expressly provided otherwise in this title, no criminal proceeding shall be maintained under the provisions of this title unless it is commenced within 5 years after the cause of action arose.
(b) Civil Actions.-No civil action shall be maintained under the provisions of this title unless it is commenced within three years after the claim accrued.
Pub. L. 94–553, title I, §101, Oct. 19, 1976, 90 Stat. 2586
Pub. L. 105–147, §2(c), Dec. 16, 1997, 111 Stat. 2678
Pub. L. 105–304, title I, §102(e), Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2863
Historical and Revision Notes
house report no. 94–1476
Section 507, which is substantially identical with section 115 of the present law [section 115 of former title 17], establishes a three-year statute of limitations for both criminal proceedings and civil actions. The language of this section, which was adopted by the act of September 7, 1957 (71 Stat. 633) [
Pub. L. 85–313, §1, Sept. 7, 1957, 71 Stat. 633
], represents a reconciliation of views, and has therefore been left unaltered.
1998-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–304 substituted "Except as expressly provided otherwise in this title, no" for "No".
1997-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–147 substituted "5" for "three".
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