Indefinite Tolling: Impact of Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act

An archaic World War II statute designed to give the federal government extra time to prosecute crimes during times of war – on the theory that the government is too preoccupied with the "rush of the war activities" – has recently reared its head in the context of False Claims Act qui tam actions for the first time in over 50 years. The dramatic and far-reaching consequences of such a tolling of the limitations period for False Claims Act lawsuits have brought renewed attention to this peculiar statute, which seems out of place in an era when the United States fights wars in an entirely different fashion.

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