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Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Claims Now Top 82,000

The number of Boy Scout sexual abuse claims tops over 82,000. The matter of extensive Boy Scout sexual abuse allegations made headlines again at the end of March and the beginning of April with the announcement of the first person arraigned on criminal charges. Mark Chapman was arraigned on eight counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges were brought in the state of Michigan. Chapman was extradited from New York for…

Civil Lawsuits and the Fifth Amendment Protection Against Self-Incrimination

During the past week, the media has been awash in reports about disgraced former entertainer being released from prison after his conviction for sexual assault was tossed out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. At the heart of the decision was Cosby’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and the interplay between that constitutional guarantee, criminal cases, and civil lawsuits. This has raised concerns and confusion among people considering civil lawsuits in cases in which the perpetrator of an injury-causing act may…

Sexual Abuse Lawsuits and Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Many organizations such as the Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America have filed for “Chapter 11” Bankruptcy to limit their potential financial losses in sexual abuse lawsuits. In today’s post our sexual abuse victim’s lawyer explains how a Chapter 11 filing could affect your rights if you are considering such a lawsuit.

New York Extends Child Victims Act

New York Extends Child Victims Act As we noted in a previous post, in February 2019 the State of New York enacted the Child Victims Act in order to extend the statute of limitations that apply to lawsuits filed by victims of childhood sexual abuse. Since our first post, we have learned that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that extends the “look-back” provision of the Child Victims Act. Under that extension, childhood victims of sexual abuse who…

What Is “Discovery” in Childhood Sexual Abuse?

Every state allows an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse to file a lawsuit against their abuser, but limit the “time window” to file such lawsuits. In today’s post, our sexual abuse victims’ lawyer explains how “discovery” of sexual abuse affects a victim’s ability to sue their abusers.

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