Albany Diocese adds deceased priest to list of offenders following investigation

ALBANY -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany announced Tuesday that it’s adding Rev. Alan Jupin, who died in 2019, to its “List of Offenders” after an investigation found “reasonable cause” related to allegations of sexual abuse against minors. Last year, Timothy Sawicki of Schenectady joined a multi-plaintiff lawsuit, filed by the Marsh Law Firm in White Plains, and alleged Jupin groomed and sexually abused him when he was 16 and 17 years old from 1975 to 1977. Jupin worked at St. John the Baptist in Schenectady at the time and Sawicki claimed Jupin ...

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‘Time for a Reckoning’: Flood of Abuse Cases Against NY Archdiocese Filed Amid Deadline Uncertainty

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Alleged victims of abuse decades ago have filed a flood of lawsuits — 95 in the last month alone — against the Archdiocese of New York amid confusion over the deadline for the look-back window provision of the Child Victims Act. “We filed 100 cases against the Catholic Church across the state of New York in the last 60 days,” said attorney James Marsh. “Our team has been working nights and weekends.” Another cause of the case surge is uncertainty over the CVA filing deadline, which Marsh said has led to “mass confusion.” On May 8, Gov. ...

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Syracuse Diocese files for bankruptcy

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WHCU) – The Diocese of Syracuse announced it has filed for bankruptcy following a recent wave of child sex abuse lawsuits brought against the Catholic Church. A law firm involved in the proceedings provided the following press release with more details: Today the Diocese of Syracuse announced it has filed for bankruptcy following a recent wave of child sex abuse lawsuits brought against the Catholic Church – the latest in a string of Catholic Church bankruptcy’s across the state, including the Diocese of Buffalo and Diocese of Rochester. Since ...

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Diocese files bankruptcy; 3 Oswego priests named among 100+ CVA lawsuits

SYRACUSE — The Diocese of Syracuse announced Friday it will re-organize in Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it faces an incoming tide of lawsuits related to alleged abuse by local priests over decades. Bishop Douglas Lucia was installed last year to lead the central and northern New York Catholic community following the retirement of Bishop Robert Cunningham after Cunningham’s 10 years in charge. On Friday, Lucia spoke to assembled media regarding the bankruptcy filing — a move already employed by the dioceses of Rochester and Buffalo. “A courtroom is a truth-seek...

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Grandmother accuses CNY school priest of molesting her when she was a girl: ‘They can’t get away with this’

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Whitesboro, N.Y. — It was always old Frankenstein movies. Or ghost stories. “Any little thing where he got you alone in the dark,” Mary McLoughlin recalled. Then the priest at her family’s church would sexually abuse her, she said. She was 11; the abuse happened numerous times, according to a lawsuit McLoughlin filed against the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese Wednesday. McLoughlin’s suit was one of 38 filed against the diocese this week, a new wave of complaints under the New York Child Victims Act. McLoughlin’s is one of the few filed ...

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Diocese of Rockville Centre appeals ruling on Child Victims Act

The Island Now
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, in its continuing legal battles involving dozens of sexual assault cases, has appealed a judge’s decision upholding the constitutionality of the Child Victims Act. The diocese filed its appeal following a ruling in May by state Supreme Court Judge Steven Jaeger of Nassau County, who rejected a bid by the Diocese of Rockville Centre to dismiss 44 lawsuits filed against it under the Child Victims Act. James Marsh, an attorney with the Marsh Law Firm, one of the firms representing 14 alleged victims against the Diocese ...

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Child Victims Act extended for another year amid courts shutdown

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Child Victims Act, the law that gave sexual abuse survivors a one-year window to sue for abuse they suffered past the statute of limitations, was officially extended on Wednesday by the State Legislature. “The passage of the Child Victims Act remains one of the most historic victories for child abuse survivors in New York State, and the COVID pandemic nearly prevented countless survivors from ensuring accountability — but today’s vote proves that nothing can stand in the way of justice,” said James R. Marsh, a New York attorney who represents more than 700 ...

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New York Courts Reopen Months Into Lockdown With Rush of Lawsuits

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MANHATTAN (CN) — For two months, lawyers in New York City have been unable to file new complaints. When the floodgates opened on Memorial Day, a deluge of new cases flooded an already busy court system. On March 22, the chief administrative judge of New York state courts barred all new documents in nonessential matters from being accepted for filing by county clerks and courts. The order, which extended the tolling for statute of limitations until June 6, also urged lawyers to seek other jurisdictions to file if possible. When the state’s e-filing system r...

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Childhood sexual abuse lawsuits hampered by court shutdown

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With New York’s courts on pause and the clock ticking on the Child Victims Act’s look back window, Governor Cuomo took executive action to extend the window. James Marsh, Partner at the Marsh Law Firm, discussed the impact this will have for survivors seeking civil legal action. https://soundcloud.com/user-18109193/05-14-20-cpseg3

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State judge upholds constitutionality of Child Victims Act

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A state judge on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of New York's landmark law that lifted the statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims from years ago. In doing so, state Supreme Court Judge Steven Jaeger of Nassau County rejected a bid by the Diocese of Rockville Centre to dismiss 44 lawsuits filed against it under the Child Victims Act. Enacted in 2019, the law created a special “look back” period in which New York is allowing the filing of molestation lawsuits previously blocked by time limits. An attorney representing many claimants hailed ...

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