Express Agreement to One-Year Claims Limitation Clause is Enforceable

A.J. Tenwood v. Orange Senior Citizens Hous. Co., 491 A.2d 1280, 200 N.J. Super. 515 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 1985)

In this case, a construction contractor brought a claim for breach of contract against the owner of a housing project.  The contract between the parties included a one-year claims limitation clause.  The court upheld that one-year limitation relying on precedent that the statutory limitation on contract actions could be waived by the express agreement of both parties.  Therefore, as long as the period is reasonable and does not violate public policy, shortened statutes of limitation clauses are valid.

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