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SECTION 2 - IMMOVABLES: PRESCRIPTION OF THIRTY YEARS

Art. 3486. Ownership and other real rights in immovables may be acquired by the prescription of thirty years without the need of just title or possession in good faith. [Acts 1982, No. 187, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983]

Art. 3487. For purposes of acquisitive prescription without title, possession extends only to that which has been actually possessed. [Acts 1982, No. 187, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983]

Art. 3488. The rules governing acquisitive prescription of ten years apply to the prescription of thirty years to the extent that their application is compatible with the prescription of thirty years. [Acts 1982, No. 187, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983]

 

SECTION 3 - MOVABLES: ACQUISITIVE PRESCRIPTION OF THREE YEARS OR TEN YEARS

Art. 3489. Ownership and other real rights in movables may be acquired either by the prescription of three years or by the prescription of ten years. [Acts 1982, No. 187, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983]

Art. 3490. One who has possessed a movable as owner, in good faith, under an act sufficient to transfer ownership, and without interruption for three years, acquires ownership by prescription. [Acts 1982, No. 187, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983]

Art. 3491. One who has possessed a movable as owner for ten years acquires ownership by prescription. Neither title nor good faith is required for this prescription. [Acts 1982, No. 187, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1983]

 

CHAPTER 4 - LIBERATIVE PRESCRIPTION

 

SECTION 1 - ONE YEAR PRESCRIPTION

Art. 3492. Delictual actions are subject to a liberative prescription of one year. This prescription commences to run from the day injury or damage is sustained. It does not run against minors or interdicts in actions involving permanent disability and brought pursuant to the Louisiana Products Liability Act or state law governing product liability actions in effect at the time of the injury or damage. [Acts 1992, No. 621, §1]

Art. 3493. When damage is caused to immovable property, the one year prescription commences to run from the day the owner of the immovable acquired, or should have acquired, knowledge of the damage. [Acts 1983, No. 173, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1984]

Art. 3493.1. [Blank]

 

SECTION 1-A - TWO YEAR PRESCRIPTION

Art. 3493.10. Delictual actions which arise due to damages sustained as a result of an act defined as a crime of violence under Chapter 1 of Title 14 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 are subject to a liberative prescription of two years. This prescription commences to run from the day injury or damage is sustained. [Acts 1999, No. 832, §1]

 

SECTION 2 - THREE YEAR PRESCRIPTION

Art. 3494. The following actions are subject to a liberative prescription of three years:

(1) An action for the recovery of compensation for services rendered, including payment of salaries, wages, commissions, tuition fees, professional fees, fees and emoluments of public officials, freight, passage, money, lodging, and board;

(2) An action for arrearages of rent and annuities;

(3) An action on money lent;

(4) An action on an open account; and

(5) An action to recover underpayments or overpayments of royalties from the production of minerals, provided that nothing herein applies to any payments, rent, or royalties derived from state-owned properties. [Acts 1986, No. 1031, §1]

Art. 3495. This prescription commences to run from the day payment is exigible. It accrues as to past due payments even if there is a continuation of labor, supplies, or other services. [Acts 1983, No. 173, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1984]

Art. 3496. An action by a client against an attorney for the return of papers delivered to him for purposes of a law suit is subject to a liberative prescription of three years. This prescription commences to run from the rendition of a final judgment in the law suit or the termination of the attorney-client relationship. [Acts 1983, No. 173, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1984]

Art. 3496.1. An action against a person for abuse of a minor is subject to a liberative prescriptive period of three years. This prescription commences to run from the day the minor attains majority, and this prescription, for all purposes, shall be suspended until the minor reaches the age of majority. This prescriptive period shall be subject to any exception of peremption provided by law. [Acts 1992, No. 322, §1]