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(1)An obligation arising from liability under section 2 of the 1987 Act (to make reparation for damage caused wholly or partly by a defect in a product) shall be extinguished if a period of 10 years has expired from the relevant time, unless a relevant claim was made within that period and has not been finally disposed of, and no such obligation shall come into existence after the expiration of the said period.
(2)If, at the expiration of the period of 10 years mentioned in subsection (1) above, a relevant claim has been made but has not been finally disposed of, the obligation to which the claim relates shall be extinguished when the claim is finally disposed of.
(3)In this section—
a claim is finally disposed of when—
(a)a decision disposing of the claim has been made against which no appeal is competent;
(b)an appeal against such a decision is competent with leave, and the time limit for leave has expired and no application has been made or leave has been refused;
(c)leave to appeal against such a decision is granted or is not required, and no appeal is made within the time limit for appeal; or
(d)the claim is abandoned;
“relevant claim” in relation to an obligation means a claim made by or on behalf of the creditor for implement or part implement of the obligation, being a claim made—
(a)in appropriate proceedings within the meaning of section 4(2) of this Act; or
(b)by the presentation of, or the concurring in, a petition for sequestration or by the submission of a claim under section 22 or 48 of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act M11985; or
(c)by the presentation of, or the concurring in, a petition for the winding up of a company or by the submission of a claim in a liquidation in accordance with the rules made under section 411 of the Insolvency Act M21986;
“relevant time” has the meaning given in section 4(2) of the 1987 Act.
(4)Where a relevant claim is made in an arbitration, and the nature of the claim has been stated in a preliminary notice (within the meaning of section 4(4) of this Act) relating to that arbitration, the date when the notice is served shall be taken for those purposes to be the date of the making of the claim.]]
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