Scouting


‘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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Boy Scouts, Catholic Church, more face new lawsuits as NY Child Victims Act window opens

The newest allegations came Wednesday among hundreds of lawsuits filed under New York’s Child Victims Act, which opened a one-year window for lawsuits from child sexual abuse victims previously barred by the statute of limitations. Attorney Vincent Nappo said the goal is to raise public awareness. He said his firm – Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis and Amala – is filing seven lawsuits Wednesday in New York against Boy Scouts of America on behalf of 20 survivors of sexual abuse. The suits contain allegations that span decades, from the mid-19...

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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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Catholic Church, Boy Scouts To Be Slammed With Hundreds Of Lawsuits In New York

Years after child abuse survivors in New York started demanding changes to the state’s statutes of limitations, victims are finally getting a chance to have their cases heard in court. Hundreds of survivors are planning to file lawsuits on Wednesday against their alleged abusers and the institutions they claim covered up sex crimes as the state opens a one-year litigation window for cases that fell outside the previous statutes of limitations. Michael Pfau, an attorney at Seattle-based Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, told HuffPost that his law firm is filing more ...

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