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Ohio Statute of Repose Updates in Construction Risk Management

This release of Construction Risk Management contains minor updates to the summary of the Ohio Statute of Repose.

Ohio contractors still reeling from a recent decision that resulted in a loss of coverage for construction defect claims got some good news recently when the state's highest court ruled decisively that the state statute of repose (Ohio Rev. Code § 2305.131) prevents a cause of action for claims based in contract or tort law that arise more than 10 years after the date of substantial completion. In a reverse of the Third District Court of Appeals, the Ohio Supreme Court's ruling in New Riegel Local Sch. Dist. Bd. of Educ. v. Buehrer Grp.. Architecture & Eng'g, Inc., No. 2019-Ohio-2851 (July 17, 2019) should end a debate that has periodically reared its head in Ohio since the early 1960s regarding the law's application to contract claims.