SECTION 1. Section 4D of chapter 260, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 11 and 13, the figure “3” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 10.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 260 is hereby further amended by inserting after section 36 the following 2 sections:-
Section 37. (a) Except as otherwise provided, the following actions shall be commenced within 10 years next after the cause of action accrues:
(i) an action of tort for assault or battery where the conduct constituting the tort shall constitute: (A) an act of torture as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2340(1); (B) an act of genocide as provided in 18 U.S.C. § 1091; (C) a war crime as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2441(c); or (D) an attempted extrajudicial killing as defined in § 3(a) of the federal Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991, Pub. L. 102–256; (E) crimes against humanity as defined in section 38 of said chapter 260;
(ii) an action for wrongful death where the death arises out of conduct listed in clause (i) or an “extrajudicial killing” as defined in said § 3(a) of said Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991, Pub. L. 102–256;
(iii) an action for trafficking of persons for forced labor or services or sexual servitude brought under section 4D;
(iv) an action for the taking of property in violation of international law where the property or any property exchanged for the property is: (A) present in the United States in connection with a commercial activity conducted in the United States by the foreign state; or (B) (B) owned or operated by an agency or instrumentality of a foreign state and the agency or instrumentality is engaged in a commercial activity in the United States; or
(v) an action seeking benefits under an insurance policy where the insurance claim arises out of conduct listed in subsections (a) to (d), inclusive.
(b) Pursuant to section 19, an action brought under this section that fails to comply with a previously applicable statute of limitations shall not be dismissed.
(c) All other statutory and equitable grounds for tolling shall apply to an action brought under this section and nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the applicability of other grounds of statutory or equitable tolling that may extend limitations periods for more than 10 years.
Section 38. “Crimes against humanity” shall mean any of the following acts as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population, with knowledge of the attack: murder; extermination; enslavement; forcible transfer of population; arbitrary detention; rape; sexual slavery; enforced prostitution; forced pregnancy; forced sterilization; persecution on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, or gender grounds; enforced disappearance of persons; or other grave inhumane acts intentionally causing great suffering or serious physical or psychological injury.
Section 39. For an action where the applicable statute of limitations is provided in section 37, a prevailing plaintiff may be awarded reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs including, but not limited to, expert witness fees and expenses.
SECTION 3. This act shall apply retroactively.
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