It is my understanding that CA has a two year statute of limitations for oral contracts and a four year statute of limitations for a written contract.
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In MA, the statute of limitations on contracts (including leases) is six years from the alleged breach, although contracts "under seal" have a much longer period. I assume similar in CA. In any event, the statute of limitations would not be an issue if you moved in in 2011 and got sued in 2012.
Whether the alleged landlord has standing to sue you (for example, they don't own the property) is a whole other story.
This sounds pretty complicated, and I'm not sure I understand some of your abreviations or the time lines (e.g., "LL WON JUDGMENT IN AUG. 2012" but "LL is SUEING...HEARINGS ARE 2/6/13). Further, there seems to be a lot of money being claimed, not to mention whatever your prospective counterclaims are worth. YOU NEED TO CONSULT LOCAL COUNSEL ASAP. (Now you've got me SHOUTING!)
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In California, the statute of limitations for breach of written contract is four years from breach. However, there are sometimes circumstances under which the statute of limitation is tolled (extended).
You don't indicate the status of the three pending cases, but I would suggest that you advise the court in each of the cases of the existence of the other pending cases so that they can be consolidated in a superior court lawsuit, and you can file a cross-complaint. Most likely, you would need an attorney to help you on this, but if there is an attorney's fee provision in the lease agreement, the attorney's fees would be recoverable by the prevailing party.
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