Finding that “there are few federal statutes as closely related” as IDEA and Section 504, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit determined that the two year statute of limitations under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) should also apply to claims brought under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Third Circuit has jurisdiction over New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the Virgin Islands. It appears that no other federal circuit court has faced this issue. The Third Circuit’s decision could influence the resolution of similar issues arising in other circuits, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Connecticut.

A copy of the case, P.P. v. West Chester Area Sch. Dist., can be found here.