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Understanding Statute of Limitations in Business Litigation: Florida Time Frames Explained

By December 4, 2023No Comments

In the realm of business disputes, understanding the Statute of Limitations is crucial. This legal concept sets the time limit when somebody must file a lawsuit after an alleged incident or harm. In Florida, these time frames vary based on the nature of the claim and the type of business litigation involved. Let’s explore these essential timelines in detail.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

The Statute of Limitations refers to the legal time limit for a plaintiff to file a lawsuit. Once this period expires, the plaintiff generally loses the right to bring the case to court.

Timeframes in Florida for Business Litigation

Contract Disputes: In Florida, the statute of limitations for most contract-related disputes is typically five years. This timeframe generally begins from the date the breach of contract occurred.

Fraud Claims: For cases involving fraud or misrepresentation in a business context, the statute of limitations is typically four years from the date the fraud was discovered or should have been discovered through reasonable diligence.

Professional Negligence: When filing a lawsuit related to professional negligence or malpractice, including cases against attorneys, accountants, or other professionals, Florida typically imposes a two-year statute of limitations from when the malpractice was discovered or should have been found.

Business Torts: Claims related to business torts, such as interference with business relationships or unfair competition, generally have a four-year statute of limitations in Florida, starting when the cause of action arose.

Why Understanding Timeframes Matters

It’s crucial to be aware of these timeframes to protect your rights. Please initiate legal action within the specified timeframe to avoid your claim being barred by the Statute of Limitations.

Factors Affecting Statute of Limitations

Discovery Rule: In some cases, the statute of limitations clock might start running from when the alleged harm or breach was discovered or should have been discovered rather than the date it occurred.

Tolling of Statute: Certain circumstances might pause or extend the statute of limitations period. For example, if the defendant leaves the state, the statute of limitations might be tolled until they return.


Understanding the Statute of Limitations in business litigation cases is crucial for protecting your rights and ensuring timely legal action. These timeframes in Florida vary based on the type of claim, and failure to adhere to these limitations could result in losing the opportunity to pursue legal remedies. That’s why seeking legal counsel promptly upon discovering potential issues is advisable. 

For more expert legal guidance on this topic, contact one of our experienced attorneys at 305-570-2208. You can also email our lead attorney, Eduardo, directly at

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