Two weeks ago, the Child Victims Act was put into practice in New York, reopening the legal window for the year on past child molestation cases that were prevented by the statute of limitation. Already, 570 lawsuits have been filed. One Manhattan hospital, where a serial predator practiced for decades, has already settled with over 200 victims, even before their claims reached a court.
As reported by the NY Post, at Rockefeller University Hospital, the deceased pedophile pediatrician Reginald Archibald may have abused over 1,000 children. A rush of cases brought ...
The Child Victims Act, passed by the state legislature in February, opened a “look back” window on Aug. 14 — a one-year chance to bring old cases to court. An avalanche of claims has already begun to hit local courts, and more than a dozen states are considering similar measures to extend the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children.
“It’s growing daily,” said Manhattan attorney Jennifer Freeman of the Marsh Law Firm.
Marsh, which also represents more than 200 alleged Archibald victims and has filed suit on behalf of 45 of them so far, ...
People who were sexually abused as children often need years to process what they’ve endured. By then, it’s often too late to take legal action against those responsible. But New York and a dozen other states are exploring changing the statutes of limitations. Lisa Desjardins reports and talks to Gail Coleman, a plaintiff in one of the New York sex abuse cases, and her attorney, Jennifer Freeman.
Since Aug. 14, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed across New York State related to the Child Victims Act, which went into effect that day. The law, signed in February by Governor Andrew Cuomo, gives a one-year grace period, eliminating the statute of limitations for sexual abuse victims. Suits have already been filed against every Catholic diocese in the state, Boy Scouts of America, Rockefeller University, schools, hospitals, nonprofits and other organizations.
Marsh Law Firm PLLC and Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis, Amala PLLC filed a suit against Rockefeller University ...
When the first day of the one-year window to file historic sexual abuse lawsuits ended, a clearer picture of where and who the cases will focus on emerged.
One of most prolific abusers identified earlier this year by The Journal News/lohud, Dr. Reginal Archibald, started having lawsuits filed against his employer, the Rockefeller University Hospital.
James Marsh of New York-based Marsh Law explained why it’s customary to not include dollar amounts in the initial filings in civil cases in New York.
“It’s disfavored as part of New York law to include ...
The state of New York on Wednesday began a one-year waiver of statute of limitations on civil child sex abuse lawsuits, with hundreds of lawsuits expected to be filed on the first day, according to The Associated Press.
The state legislature earlier this year passed the Child Victims Act (CVA), which allowed the one-year “lookback” window.
The Marsh Law Firm and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, which is representing Vajda, is also representing Raul Diaz, who alleges abuse by his scoutmaster, in his suit against the Boy Scouts.
The firm is also ...
As part of the Child Victims Act, people who say they were victims of sexual abuse as children have one year to file civil lawsuits against their abusers, no matter how long ago the alleged abuse occurred. The window to file that suit under the law closes Aug. 14, 2020.
Massapequa native Rich Klein and his lawyer say they plan to file a lawsuit at 12:01 a.m. against the late Dr. Reginald Archibald. Klein alleges that Archibald, a pediatrician who worked at Rockefeller University and died in 2007, took photographs of him naked, "supposedly in the name of medical ...
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.
New York joined more than a dozen states this year in significantly extending statutes of limitations for filing lawsuits over sexual abuse. Previously, the state had required that such suits be filed before a victim’s 23rd birthday.
Under the new law in New York, the Child Victims Act, which was ...
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Taylor and hundreds of other accusers get their long-awaited day in court as New York state’s one-year window finally opens to file suits against alleged sexual predators — with a tsunami of court papers expected from Buffalo to Brooklyn as the victims turn into plaintiffs.
“I don’t think I’ve ever worked as many hours in a row,” said Jennifer Freeman, senior counsel at the New York-based Marsh Law Firm. “It’s been absolutely non-stop. I’m working two computer screens every minute."
Freeman said her firm is ...
Frank Kelly said he was sexually abused by his doctor when he was a child.
"The story is that when I was a youngster, I was going to this doctor, me and my sister," Kelly said. "We went there so many times for visits, examinations. And he started to abuse us."
The statute of limitations to file suit had long since expired, but a new law opens up a one-year look back period for Kelly and other victims of childhood sexual abuse to seek restitution.
"New York went — with this look back window — went from one of the worst places for a survivor to bring a lawsuit ...