2020 Tennessee Code
Title 28 - Limitation of Actions
Chapter 3 - Limitation of Actions Other Than Real
Part 1 - Miscellaneous Limitations
§ 28-3-105. Property Tort Actions — Statutory Liabilities

Universal Citation: TN Code § 28-3-105 (2020)

The following actions shall be commenced within three (3) years from the accruing of the cause of action:

  1. Actions for injuries to personal or real property;
  2. Actions for the detention or conversion of personal property; and
  3. Civil actions based upon the alleged violation of any federal or state statute creating monetary liability for personal services rendered, or liquidated damages or other recovery therefor, when no other time of limitation is fixed by the statute creating such liability.

Code 1858, § 2773 (deriv. Acts 1715, ch. 27, § 5); Shan., § 4470; Code 1932, § 8598; Acts 1945, ch. 130, § 1; mod. C. Supp. 1950, § 8598; modified; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 28-305; Acts 1989, ch. 517, § 2.

Cross-References. Common law tort action of alienation of affections abolished, §36-3-701.

Presumption of ownership from possession of personal property, §66-3-103.

Textbooks. Gibson's Suits in Chancery (7th ed., Inman), § 177.

Pritchard on Wills and Administration of Estates (4th ed., Phillips and Robinson), § 637.

Tennessee Jurisprudence, 1 Tenn. Juris., Accounts and Accounting, § 15; 4 Tenn. Juris., Automobiles, § 36; 4 Tenn. Juris., Bailments, § 17; 10 Tenn. Juris., Election of Remedies, § 2; 13 Tenn. Juris., Fraudulent and Voluntary Conveyances, § 47; 17 Tenn. Juris., Labor, § 16; 18 Tenn. Juris., Limitations of Actions, §§ 12, 15-17, 20, 27, 34, 42; 20 Tenn. Juris., Nuisances, § 33; 24 Tenn. Juris., Trademarks, Trade Names and Unfair Competition, § 4.

Law Reviews.

Accrual of Cause of Action in Products Liability and Other Tort Actions, 42 Tenn. L. Rev. 593.

Attorney and Client — Negligence — Limitation of Action, 4 Tenn. L. Rev. 507.

Civil Procedure — Pero's Steak & Spaghetti House v. Lee: Tennessee Declines to Extend the Discovery Rule to Claims of Converted Negotiable Instruments, 34 U. Mem. L. Rev. 475 (2004).

Contract — Tort — Breach of Duty Resulting in Property Damage — Limitation of Action, 34 Tenn. L. Rev. 297.

Contracts and Sales Law in Tennessee: A Survey and Commentary: III. Sales (John A. Sebert, Jr.), 45 Tenn. L. Rev. 391.

Counterclaims and Statutes of Limitations — A Critical Commentary on Present Tennessee Law (John L. Sobieski, Jr.), 42 Tenn. L. Rev. 291.

Critical Survey of Developments in Tennessee Family Law in 1976-77, II. Alienation of Affections (Neil P. Cohen), 45 Tenn. L. Rev. 429.

Domestic Relations — Alienation of Affections — Statute of Limitations, 23 Tenn. L. Rev. 1046.

Domestic Relations — 1955 Tennessee Survey (William J. Harbison), 8 Vand. L. Rev. 1004.

Labor Law — 1963 Tennessee Survey (Paul H. Sanders & Harvey Couch), 17 Vand. L. Rev. 1091.

Nuisances — Permanent Injury — Limitations of Actions, 28 Tenn. L. Rev. 433.

Paine on Procedure: The Statute of Limitations for Conversion of Personal Property (Donald F. Paine), 45 Tenn. B.J. 29 (2009).

Please Pass the Biscuits and Gravamen (Donald F. Paine), 29 No. 6 Tenn. B.J. 20 (1993).

Products Liability of Retailers and Manufacturers in Tennessee (Dix W. Noel), 32 Tenn. L. Rev. 207.

Recent Developments in the Law of Accrual and Limitation of Actions in Tennessee as Applied to Products Liability Cases (Michael E. Hewgley), 2 Mem. St. U.L. Rev. 105.

Sales — Breach of Warranty — Statute of Limitations, 33 Tenn. L. Rev. 250.

Statutes of Limitations — Personal Injury, Property Damage and Breach of Warranty, 8 Mem. St. U.L. Rev. 803.

Statute of Limitations — Tolling of Statute by Suit in Court without Jurisdiction, 9 Tenn. L. Rev. 200.

Tennessee Legislature Abolishes Privity Requirement and Clarifies Statute of Limitations in Product Liability Cases, 3 Mem. St. U.L. Rev. 212.

The Advent of Implied Warranty of Workmanlike Construction, 12 Mem. St. U.L. Rev. 367 (1982).

The Tennessee Employer's Wrongful Discharge and the Union's Breach of the Duty of Fair Representation — Does Tennessee Need a Statute of Limitations? (Marsha H. Ashlock), 20 No. 2 Tenn. B.J. 15 (1984).

The Tennessee Products Liability Act of 1978 (Irvin L. Tankersley), 14-4 Tenn. B.J. 11.

The Weakest Link: Application of the Property Damage Statute of Limitation to Tort Claims for Purely Economic Damages, 32 U. Mem. L. Rev. 45 (2001).

Torts — Limitations of Actions — Application of the Four Year Statute in Breach of Warranty Actions, 38 Tenn. L. Rev. 293.

Torts — 1956 Tennessee Survey (John W. Wade), 9 Vand. L. Rev. 1137.

Torts — 1961 Tennessee Survey (Dix W. Noel), 14 Vand. L. Rev. 1409.

Torts — Statute of Limitations — Personal Injury — Defect in Real Estate Construction, 38 Tenn. L. Rev. 613.

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