Scouting


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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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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‘Perversion files,’ child sex abuse and gonorrhea: Local Boy Scouts face five new lawsuits

Five new child sexual abuse lawsuits were filed against the Boy Scouts of America in Westchester County last month, as claims pile up against the organization. The Boy Scouts has deflected reports it's considering bankruptcy under the weight of possible legal settlements and court judgments across the country. The group is facing questions over long-secret “perversion files” of suspected and known abusers. Attorneys in many suits are accusing the scouts of setting up a system that protected pedophiles from justice and put children in direct contact with ...

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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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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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Law firms sue Catholic church and Boy Scouts for “secret files” on alleged sex abusers

Two law firms say they are suing the Boy Scouts of America, the New York Archdiocese and the Diocese of Brooklyn over “secret files” that they claim would reveal “decades worth of evidence” about alleged child sex abusers.  Marsh Law Firm PLLC and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC say they will represent 550 people who claim they were abused by Catholic Church and Boy Scout leaders.  The attorneys say the lawsuits and formal discovery requests will uncover what they call the Catholic Church’s “secret files” and the Boy Scouts’ “ineligible ...

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Flow of lawsuits involve childhood sexual abuse

Jason Amala, an attorney with Seattle-based law firm Pfau Cochran Vertetas Amala who along with the Marsh Law Firm in White Plains is handling about 60 New York lawsuits against various councils of the Boy Scouts of America, and 175 claims against New York Catholic Church Dioceses. All total, his firm alone has 550 New York cases for the Child Victims Act against various institutions and people. “There’s more to come,” he said. “We’re getting 10 to 12 calls a day from new people wanting to tell their story.” Amala says that when people initially call ...

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