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New York Lawmakers Decline Chance to Extend ‘Look-Back Window’ in Child Victims Act

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State lawmakers took a pass last week on extending a one-year legal window that allowed survivors of child sex abuse to sue over decades-old allegations.  The Child Victims Act, enacted last year, opened up the time frame for victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits over claims that were previously barred from court due to the statute of limitations. The legal window is set to close in August, but New York’s court system is no longer accepting CVA lawsuits under new restrictions spurred by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The state’s court system has ...

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Child Victims Act: Time running out for lawyers, accusers with hundreds more cases pending

The New York window for filing Child Victims Act suits ends in August, but one prominent law firm is calling for a one-year extension. Perhaps most disturbing, say plaintiffs lawyers, is that time is running out for some to file with so much work to be done. Time is also running out for clients as they age and health concerns catch up with them. Jennifer Freeman, a senior attorney with New York-based Marsh Law, has already lost one client, not to other firms, but to time itself. Freeman said a client, who had filed anonymously and ...

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Buffalo Catholic Diocese files for bankruptcy

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has announced the formal filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in federal court, under the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Code. The move had been expected for some time. Interim Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will hold a press conference to address the situation at 1 p.m. Friday. According to the petition, the diocese has somewhere between $10 million to $50 million in assets, between $50 million to $100 million in liabilities, and anywhere from 200 to 1,000 creditors. The diocese owes $3.5 million to its 20 largest unsecured creditors. The ...

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Buffalo Roman Catholic Diocese seeks bankruptcy protection

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The embattled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, taking another major step in its effort to recover from a clergy misconduct scandal that‘s been the basis for hundreds of lawsuits, Vatican intervention and the resignation of its bishop. The Chapter 11 filing estimates between $10 million and $50 million in assets and between $50 million and $100 million in liabilities. The number of creditors is estimated at between 200 and 999. “Abuse survivors need to understand the diocese has assets and insuranc...

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Federal court sets deadline for filing claims against the Rochester Diocese

Law firms representing clients in sex abuse lawsuits against the Rochester Catholic Diocese are urging survivors to file their claim before August 13, a deadline handed down by the bankruptcy court presiding over the Diocese’s bankruptcy filing. Last fall, the Rochester Diocese was the first in New York to seek bankruptcy protection due to numerous lawsuits filed against the diocese under the Child Victims Act. James Marsh, founder of the New York City-based Marsh Law Firm, says the bankruptcy court has issued an August 13 deadline, called a bar date, for survivors ...

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Five former D&C paperboys now claim sexual abuse by newspaper employee

Four more one-time Democrat and Chronicle paperboys have sued the newspaper and its corporate owners, accusing them of hiring a circulation department employee who was a persistent pederast. The employee, Jack J. Lazeroff, was identified as a suspected molester in stories published last year by the Democrat and Chronicle and City Newspaper, and in a lawsuit filed in October by a former paperboy from Brighton. Now four other men who delivered the D&C when they were young have filed a second lawsuit against the newspaper; its owner, Gannett Co. Inc., and related ...

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Child sexual abuse survivors deal with bankruptcy, old evidence after laws extend statute of limitations

Although lawsuits like his may provide catharsis, they offer no promise of speedy legal relief. In some cases, independent corroborating evidence is gone or nonexistent, making it difficult to prove plaintiffs' claims. The alleged assailants may have died, leaving the accusers to sue the Boy Scouts, religious organizations, schools, foster care providers and other children-focused groups they believe enabled their abusers. That legal strategy requires plaintiffs to prove the organizations had reason to know about the abusers' conduct. Additionally, the ...

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How could a dad live on a college campus? Questions grow in Sarah Lawrence sex-cult scandal

The indictment accusing Larry Ray of preying on Sarah Lawrence College students — in a stunning web of manipulation, extortion, sex-trafficking and money-laundering — answered many questions, but not THE question. Sarah Lawrence alumni and even its president have tried to figure out how a dad could move into his daughter's on-campus apartment without the college knowing about it.  They pointed to the private, apartment-style setup of his daughter's Slonim Woods dorm where Ray arrived — straight from prison — in ...

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Leader, lawyer react to Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - After being hit by lawsuits amounting to millions and millions of dollars, the Boys Scouts of America is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to a special website created by the Boy Scouts, one reason for the bankruptcy filing is to “create a Trust that will provide equitable compensation to victims.” This comes after the Boy Scouts of America was hit by lawsuits amounting to millions and millions of dollars. Meanwhile, one law firm says it’s too soon to say if local scout councils will be involved in the filing. Marsh Law ...

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Local, national Boy Scouts sued over ex-leader’s alleged sexual abuse

A lawsuit has been filed against Boy Scouts of America and Heart of Ohio Council in Richland County Common Pleas Court, accusing the organizations of failing to provide a safe environment and negligence, attorneys said in a news release. Although the complaint does not yet appear in online court records, attorneys say the lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of an Ohio boy who says he was sexually exploited by Thomas Close, a former scout leader who was sentenced last month to 30 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting children, as well as receiving ...

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