from the Superior Court in Maricopa County The Honorable
Douglas L. Rayes, Judge The Honorable Randall H. Warner,
Judge The Honorable Lori Horn Bustamante, Judge No.
of the Court of Appeals, Division One 240 Ariz. 80, 375 P.3d
1189 (App. 2016) VACATED IN PART.
O'Grady (argued), Eric M. Fraser, Jana L. Sutton, Osborn
Maledon, P.A., Phoenix; and Brad Holm, Phoenix City Attorney,
Phoenix, Attorneys for City of Phoenix.
E. O'Malley (argued), Mark A. Fuller, Thomas A. Maraz,
Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., Phoenix, Attorneys for CHI
Construction Company and Continental Homes, Inc.
I. Wilenchik, John D. Wilenchik, Colleen C. Thomas, Wilenchik
& Bartness, P.C., Phoenix, Attorneys for Jeff Blandford
Dennis GilBride, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.,
Phoenix, Attorneys for Amici Curiae Apache, Cochise,
Coconino, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal,
Yavapai, and Yuma Counties, the Town of Gilbert, the League
of Arizona Cities and Towns and the Arizona Municipal Risk
J. Shorall Jr., Jason J. Boblick, Shorall McGoldrick
Brinkmann, Phoenix, Attorneys for Wittman Contracting Company
Richard K. Mahrle, Gammage & Burnham, P.L.C., Phoenix,
Attorneys for Swengel-Robbins Contracting Co., Inc.
Katherine E. Baker, Green & Baker Ltd., Scottsdale,
Attorneys for Glenayre Electronics Inc.
D. Bleichner, Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP, Los
Angeles, CA, Attorneys for William Lyon Homes, Inc.
P. Davies, Alexix G. Terriquez, Lorber Greenfield &
Polito LLP, Phoenix, Attorneys for KB Home Holdings, Inc.,
Richmond American Homes, Inc. and MDC/Wood, Inc.
Ann Herman, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP, Phoenix,
Attorneys for UDC Homes Inc., nka Shea Homes of Phoenix Inc.
(FN) and Elliot Homes Inc.
A. Kula, Benjamin R. Eid, Law Office of Amy M. Hamilton,
Scottsdale, Attorneys for Aztec Construction, Inc.
D. Maynard, Maynard Cronin Erickson Curran & Reiter PLC,
Phoenix, Attorneys for JNC, Inc. and UH Holdings, Inc.
Vincent J. Montell, Michael J. Ponzo, Quintairos Prieto Wood
& Boyer PA, Phoenix, Attorneys for Los Paisanos
Michael S. Rubin, Stephen E. Richman, Dickinson Wright PLLC,
Phoenix, Attorneys for Pulte Home Corporation and Del Webb
CHIEF JUSTICE PELANDER authored the opinion of the Court, in
which CHIEF JUSTICE BALES and JUSTICES BRUTINEL, BOLICK,
GOULD, LOPEZ, and BERCH (Retired) [*] joined.
PELANDER, VICE CHIEF JUSTICE.
Under A.R.S. § 12-510, claims by governmental entities
generally are not barred by statutes of limitations. For
actions relating to real property, however, Arizona's
statute of repose provides that, "notwithstanding any
other statute, " an action "based in contract"
against certain identified parties must be filed within
"eight years after substantial completion of the
improvement of real property." A.R.S. § 12-552(A).
We hold that governmental entities' contract-based
actions (including claims for indemnification) that fall
within § 12-552(A) are subject to that statute's
proscription, notwithstanding § 12-510 or the common law
doctrine known as "nullum tempus occurit regi"
(time does not run against the king). For the contractors in
this case having the requisite contractual relationship ...