occurrence rule.Civil procedure. The rule that a limitations period begins to run when the alleged wrongful act or omission occurs, rather than when the plaintiff discovers the injury. • This rule applies, for example, to most breach-of-contract claims. See STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. Cf. DISCOVERY RULE. [Cases: Limitation of Actions 43. C.J.S. Limitations of Actions §§ 81–84.]

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