The Child Victims Act was passed by the state legislature in January 2019. Sexual abuse survivors and advocates spent more than a decade pushing for the legislation.
With it came a one-year lookback window, giving all survivors, regardless of age, the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit against their perpetrator. That was extended an additional year because of issues with court closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jason Amala, a partner at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC representing Phillips, says it’s not uncommon for survivors to not know about the CVA.
The number of victims is growing in the case against West Penn Hospital after employee Guy Caley was charged with using a hidden camera to secretly record employees and patients. Marsh Law Firm partner Katie Shipp gives this exclusive interview to KDKA's Jennifer Borrasso.
Eighty three additional charges have been filed against a former West Penn Hospital worker accused of videotaping people inside an employee bathroom.
Guy Caley, 52, was arrested in July, when police said he taped a camera to a chair in the bathroom.
Police said Caley would later take the camera home and download the videos.
Investigators said, after searching Caley’s laptop, they found additional recordings of employees in the bathroom as well as videos of more than 30 female patients in the hospital’s radiology department.
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.
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Jennifer Freeman shares her insight on the law, which opens a one-year window for molestation claims to be filed no matter how long ago it happened.
Rochester, N.Y. — Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - For about five hours, sex abuse survivors and attorneys lobbed questions at Bishop Salvatore Matano as well as the CFO of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester.
It was the first meeting of the creditors in the diocese's bankruptcy case, which was filed last month after being slapped with dozens of sex abuse lawsuits.
The 'creditors' in this case, is sex abuse survivors. A committee of nine survivors will help settle the cases faced by the diocese.
The survivors and attorneys questioned the diocese over its finances, ...
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 ...
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 ...
People who were sexually abused as children often need years to process what they’ve endured. By then, it’s often too late to take legal action against those responsible. But New York and a dozen other states are exploring changing the statutes of limitations. Lisa Desjardins reports and talks to Gail Coleman, a plaintiff in one of the New York sex abuse cases, and her attorney, Jennifer Freeman.