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 For over 150 years, the Supreme Court has consistently held that a forum State may apply its own statute of limitations period to out-of-state claims even though it is longer or shorter than the limitations period that would be applied by the State out of which the claim arose. See Wells v. Simonds Abrasive Co., 345 U.S. 514, 97 L. Ed. 1211, 73 S. Ct. 856 (1953) (shorter); Townsend v. Jemison, 50 U.S. 407, 9 HOW 407, 13 L. Ed. 194 (1850) (longer); McElmoyle v. Cohen, 13 Pet. 312 (1839) (shorter). 


The Constitution does not bar application of the forum State's statute of limitations to claims that in their substance are and must be governed by the law of a different State. See, e. g., Wells v. Simonds Abrasive Co., 345 U.S. 514, 516-518, 97 L. Ed. 1211, 73 S. Ct. 856 (1953); Townsend v. Jemison, 50 U.S. 407, 9 HOW 407, 413-420, 13 L. Ed. 194 (1850); McElmoyle v. Cohen, 13 Pet. 312, 327-328 (1839).


The Full Faith and Credit Clause provides: 'Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings ...

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