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Advocates For Abuse Survivors Question Objectivity Of Independent Review of Catholic Church Practices

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Advocates for survivors of abuse related to the Catholic Church are hopeful but skeptical of an independent review that found the New York Archdiocese is actively working towards preventing abuse. Any improvement in how the Catholic Church treats children is good, according to attorney Michael Pfau, partner at Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis, Amala, in partnership with The Marsh Firm. “Of course, the baseline you start at, the Catholic Church has a dismal history," said Pfau, who represents dozens of people who claim to have been abused ...

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He Sued Over a Priest’s Abuse. Then the Diocese Filed for Bankruptcy.

For some, the departure from state court is not a major setback. Jake Giovati, 30, who said he had been abused by a priest at one of the diocese’s parishes when he was about 10, said he believed the diocese was still being held to answer. “In my mind, filing for bankruptcy is them looking at those claims and seeing them as so credible that they do not believe they could denounce those in court,” Mr. Giovati said. But many others see the bankruptcy as a circumvention of the justice that can be delivered in civil court and in direct defiance of the state’s new ...

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Speaking Out Against Child Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church

Hundreds of child sex abuse claims have been filed in New York since the Child Victims Act went into effect in August 2019 — including claims against priests, Boy Scout leaders, teachers, coaches, doctors. Some of the claims are now decades old. Richard Cardillo and James Burke faced abuse in the 1970s. They’re 2 of the hundreds of survivors of abuse within the Catholic Church who have filed lawsuits now that a one-year window for filing old civil claims has opened. NY State legislature Cardillo fought for nearly a decade to get the CVA passed.

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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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Buffalo bishop mulling bankruptcy as Rochester Diocese files for Chapter 11

The Buffalo Diocese was still considering seeking bankruptcy protection Thursday after the neighboring Rochester Diocese took that route to deal with a landslide of lawsuits over its handling of clergy sexual abuse of children. The Rochester Diocese became the first Catholic diocese in the state to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Nineteen of the 20 largest unsecured claims it listed in the court papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court were lawsuits brought against the Rochester Diocese under the Child Victims Act. While the Buffalo Diocese already faces ...

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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 Victims Sue Catholic Church, Boy Scouts

A wave of legal action spurred by the passage of the Child Victims Act has emerged in New York State, where attorneys representing victims of child sex abuse on August 28 announced lawsuits against the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Boy Scouts of America. Countless lawsuits targeting a broad range of alleged predators were filed the day the law went into effect on August 14. The lawsuits unveiled on August 28 by Marsh Law Firm and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, which have expertise in representing survivors of child sex abuse, were filed ...

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More Lawsuits Filed Against Buffalo Diocese, Boy Scouts

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Attorneys representing 550 survivors across New York State have announced that the Buffalo Diocese and the Boy Scouts of America have been served with lawsuits and formal discovery requests....starting with decades worth of evidence on child sex abusers, including the Catholic Church’s “secret files” and the Boy Scouts’ “ineligible volunteer files.” “For decades, institutions like the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts have refused to acknowledge the abuse they allowed to occur under their watch, while hiding their ‘secret files’ behind ...

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Attorneys Begin Unearthing “Secret Files” On Child Sex Abuse Against Catholic Church And Boy Scouts

The defendants being served with lawsuits and discovery requests include many of New York City’s most powerful institutions – including the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America. “For decades, institutions like the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts have refused to acknowledge the abuse they allowed to occur under their watch, while hiding their ‘secret files’ behind lock and key. But thanks to the CVA, survivors finally have the right and the power to get at the truth. Starting today, these institutions are on notice – they can try to deny their ...

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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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