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USNew York courts brace for hundreds of lawsuits by victims of child sex abuse

02:45  14 august  2019
02:45  14 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Hundreds of lawsuits to be filed for old alleged child sexual abuse cases in NY

Hundreds of lawsuits to be filed for old alleged child sexual abuse cases in NY Earlier this year, New York passed the Child Victims Act, which allows claims of sexual abuse from any time period to be brought forth in spite of existing statutes.

“The Child Victims Act opens the door to the courthouse,” said Michael Polenberg, vice president for Some of the most prominent lawyers specializing in child sex abuse each have hundreds of The agreements stipulated that the victims could not file lawsuits . The Archdiocese of New York , for

ALBANY — New York courts , law firms, Catholic dioceses, Boy Scout troops and schools are bracing for an The expected torrent of cases was triggered by the Child Victims Act, a sweeping piece of Those who allege they were victims of abuse have one year to file a civil lawsuit no matter how long

NEW YORK, Aug 13 (Reuters) - New York courts have assigned 45 judges to handle the expected lawsuits by hundreds of people who were sexually abused as children when a state law takes effect on Wednesday that temporarily lifts the statute of limitations on decades-old allegations.

New York courts brace for hundreds of lawsuits by victims of child sex abuse© Rex Features Jusge's gavel

The Child Victims Act scraps, for one year, the statute of limitations that had barred older complaints.

Of the 45 judges assigned to the cases, 12 will be in New York City, and the court system has provided training for judges and put in new rules to speed up the resolution of the lawsuits.

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Victims of childhood sex abuse in New York will soon head to court as the state opens a one-year window for lawsuits that had been barred by the statute of Those victims have waived their right to file lawsuits . The archdiocese is also suing more than two dozen insurance companies in an effort to

New York courts brace for wave of child - abuse lawsuits . The organization has acknowledged that sex - abuse litigation poses a financial impact and said it's now "working with He said the lawsuits will not only seek compensation for victims , but also reveal information to the public about how abuse

"The revived Child Victims Act cases are critically important cases, raising numerous challenging legal issues, that must be adjudicated as consistently and expeditiously as possible across the State," Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks said in a statement. "We are fully committed to providing appropriate and sufficient resources to achieve that goal."

One law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, said it would be filing 400 lawsuits just in New York City, with plaintiffs ranging from teenagers to people in their 90s.

A separate group of law firms, including Seeger Weiss, said it be representing at least 170 plaintiffs across the state, many with complaints against the Catholic Church.

"The institutions and the schools that have been covering this up for decades, it's over, it's now," Jonathan Sedgh, a lawyer at Weitz, said at a news conference on the steps of the Supreme Court building in Manhattan on Tuesday. "Now we have the chance to bring them to justice."

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NEW YORK — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex - abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of Abuse survivors and their allies are once again proposing a two-year window for now-adult victims to sue perpetrators and institutions over claims

New York courts brace for wave of child - abuse lawsuits . Many programs offer services for children , support groups, help with legal services or immigrant issues, training and education, emergency — Every minute in the United States, 20 people are victims of domestic violence.

His firm said more than 400 cases will be filed in the coming weeks against churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions across New York City. State-wide, the firm said it is representing more than 1,200 people who were sexually abused as children.

Sedgh declined to identify specific entities his firm plans to sue, but said the defendants would include plaintiffs' relatives and neighbors, as well as members of the clergy.

The Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church in particular have braced themselves for a wave of new litigation made possible by the relaxing of New York's statute of limitations, which had previously been among the most stringent in the country.

After the law was signed, both organizations encouraged victims to come forward, and law firms have run advertisements encouraging the same. (Writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Major institutions across New York State, from the Catholic Church to the Boy Scouts of America to elite private schools, are bracing for a deluge of lawsuits now that adults who said they were sexually abused as children will be entitled to pursue formal legal action. 

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