Statute of Repose for Improvements to Real Property
Proposed tort reform legislation (Assembly Bill 773 & Senate Bill 645) includes provisions that would shorten Wisconsin’s statute of repose for improvements to real property from ten to six years. This statute of repose limits the long tail of liability for those involved in the design and construction of building projects. The current Wisconsin statute of repose was enacted in 1994 and bars legal action against architects, professional engineers, contractors, material suppliers and owners after ten years from the date of substantial completion of a project. A previous six-year statute of repose was ruled unconstitutional in 1989. AIA Wisconsin supports the shorter repose period. The Assembly Committee on Judiciary recently held a public hearing on the proposal.