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They are suing him just for being at the bar or was he involved with the ownership or the operation of the bar?
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These types of cases are usually pursued under the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act of 1997, and that act has a 5 year statute of limitations.
However, there have been some recent cases that have restricted video/satellite signal piracy cases to as short a statute of limitations as one year.
Here is a link to the case finding pirating of a UFC fight was a one year statute of limitations:
The underlying rationale in that case is that for causes of action other than under NET, which I'm not sure really applies to signal piracy due to its language, the federal statute of limitations is the same as the closest one in the state court and state laws.
In short, what your husband needs to do is hire a lawyer to file a response and then file a Motion to Dismiss based on the statute of limitations issues.