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Jones v. United States

ELR Citation: 40 ELR 20024
Nos. No. 7:09-CV-106, (E.D.N.C., 11/10/2010)

A district court held that North Carolina's general 10-year statute of repose does not bar a woman's lawsuit against the United States for injuries stemming from exposure to contaminated drinking water at a military base in North Carolina 20 years earlier. The North Carolina Legislature did not intend the 10-year statute of repose to refer to latent diseases. Thus, the statute cannot bar her claim involving non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a latent disease that only manifested in November 2003.