Cases


Window for sex abuse claims against Diocese of Rochester could soon close

WHAM News
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Most the lawsuits filed under the newly enacted Child Victims Act name the Diocese of Rochester, which is much of the reason why it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday. That law, which went into effect last month, opened a year-long window for sex abuse victims to file lawsuits against their alleged accusers. That included the Catholic Church. "So all the cases that have been filed in state court, our cases, all the cases being drafted - all those need to be consolidated, and will be consolidated before the bankruptcy judge," said ...

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Lawsuit launched against Leatherstocking Council

Rome Sentinel
A lawsuit has been launched against the Boy Scouts of America and its local Leatherstocking Council on behalf of three adult males alleging that as minors they were sexually abused by scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters. The suit was prepared by the Marsh Law Firm PLLC of White Plains and the Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLL firm of Seattle, Wash., including documents for state Supreme Court in Oneida County. Documents were provided to the Daily Sentinel in conjunction with an announcement this week involving the two firms and attorneys representing 550 childhood ...

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Child sex abuse victim says scoutmaster sexually abused him for two years in the ’60s

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A man who said he was sexually abused by a scoutmaster in the '60s is one of the people who filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. Michael Schall said by coming forward he is advocating for his younger self, someone who had no voice at the time. Schall's Attorney, Mike Pfau said the Boy Scouts at the time knew about thousands of perpetrators in their ranks, and that no local authorities or parents were made aware. "What chose to do is keep secret files, they call them the perversion ...

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Buffalo Diocese faces second federal lawsuit over former priest

Also this week, the Buffalo Diocese was served with formal legal discovery requests for documents by two law firms working in partnership on lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act. The Marsh Law Firm and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala asked for records on 10 priests accused of abuse in an Aug. 14 lawsuit, including any documents on them that were sent or received by the Vatican or any law enforcement agency, any records on the men in the diocese’s “secret archives,” and any therapy, medical and counseling records “relating to sexual deviancy treatment.” ...

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Hundreds of sexual abuse cases filed under new law, but Lower Hudson Valley cases sparse

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 ...

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Lawsuit: Former Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard sexually abused teen

ALBANY — Former Bishop Howard Hubbard is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy during the 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. "From approximately 1994 through 1998, Father Bondi and Bishop Hubbard exploited the trust and authority vested in them by defendants by grooming P.R. to gain his trust and to obtain control over him as part of Father Bondi and Bishop Hubbard's plan to sexually molest and abuse P.R. and other children," the lawsuit filed by the the Marsh Law Firm alleges. Other lawsuits filed by the Marsh Law Firm allege ...

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Retired judge reveals his childhood sex abuse so others will file Child Victims Act claims

Retired acting New York State Supreme Court Judge Charles Apotheker said he struggled with his decision to identify himself as a victim of accused serial sexual predator Dr. Reginald Archibald, who is believed to have abused thousands of children during his tenure as an esteemed pediatric endocrinologist at Rockefeller University Hospital. The 72-year-old Apotheker, though, knew he could help other victims. He knew his own "outing" would make it more difficult to ignore accusations about decades of molestations by the now-deceased doctor. "I was angry. I was angry ...

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Ex-NY Supreme Court Justice Reveals He Was Sexually Abused 60 Years Ago at Rockefeller University

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By Charles Apotheker I remembered being placed against a wall naked with my hands extended out towards him. And then I remember the picture-taking. Pictures of my naked 13-year-old body, followed by measurements of my penis. Then it all went blank. When revelations came to light that Dr. Reginald Archibald, a well-respected pediatric endocrinologist at the Rockefeller University Hospital, had spent decades sexually abusing young boys under the guise of medical “treatment,” I was flooded with memories that I thought were tightly sealed away in a mental box from 60 ...

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Investigation Finds Deceased Doctor Sexually Abused Many Children

Lawyers hired by Rockefeller University Hospital to look into allegations against prominent pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Reginald Archibald found that he sexually abused many patients. Archibald, from Pelham, died in 2007. He treated children at Rockefeller University Hospital from the 1940s through the 1980s. Lawyers interviewed a thousand witnesses. They found Archibald photographed patients and took some to a private cabin on a remote Canadian island. The investigation uncovered evidence of a grand jury proceeding in 1961 in Manhattan, but there was no ...

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New report: Rockefeller University Hospital knew about alleged sex abuse as early as 1960s

The report also details a letter from a former patient written in 1996 claimed sexual abuse by Archibald Report concludes warnings signs were apparent and more could have been done to stop Archibald Nude photos of patients are still unaccounted for, but the law firm believes most were destroyed. Debevoise also found that complaints to the NYPD and the FBI were made around 1989–1990 Dr. Reginald Archibald, formerly of Pelham, allegedly abused hundreds and possibly thousands of children during his tenure at Rockefeller University Hospital. "It is ...

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