Minnesota Law Review
Assume that you are an attorney seeking to determine the statute of limitations applicable in Minnesota to a case with multistate aspects. Perhaps you consult the Dunnell Minnesota Digest 2d, which states succinctly: "If a cause of action not arising in this state or accruing to a citizen thereof is barred by the law of another state it is barred here." 1 The encylopedia then states several corollary propositions for multistate cases with different fact patterns and provices numerous case citations in support of the propositions. What the reference unfortunately fails to tell you is that the legal propositions and the cases cited are all based either on a statute repealed in 1977 2 or on a choice of law method discarded by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1973. 3 What do you do now?
Laura Cooper, Statutes of Limitations in Minnesota Choice of Law: The Problematic Return of the Substance-Procedure Distinction, 71 Minn. L. Rev. 363 (1986), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/308.