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New York Child Victims Act

The New York Child Victims Act makes a necessary change to long standing precedent in statutes of limitations in child sexual assault cases. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made this Act one of his top initiatives for 2018-19, and after the Legislature voted to approve the legislation on Monday Jan 28th,2019, it now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

The Child Victims Act will extend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse crimes to the age of 28 in criminal cases and the age of 50 in civil cases, with a one year-window to bring civil claims for victims below that age limit.

For more information on the act and if you feel that a claim can be revived, contact us today.

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March 20, 2019

New York Child Victims Act Spurs New Jersey and Maryland to Pass Similar Bills, Giving Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse a Voice

Numerous states are continually working to give a voice to victims of childhood sexual abuse. Following in the wake of New York passing the Child Victims Act, New Jersey and Maryland are bringing similar bills to fruition. In New Jersey, the senate passed a bill that will allow victims to file a lawsuit up until age 55. In addition, the law, if signed, would open up a two year window for victims of any age to file lawsuits and seek justice. In Maryland, the House of Delegates has passed a preliminary approval of a bill that will completely null the […]
March 18, 2019

Archdiocese of Miami Priest Arrested for Raping Parishioner

Father Jean Claude Jean-Philippe, 64, of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a church of the Archdiocese of Miami in Homestead Florida, was put in Jail Friday, March 15, 2019 on allegations that he drugged and raped a woman. The woman, who is a parishioner of the church said that in October of 2018 she was invited to drink tea at the priest’s home on church grounds. About two hours later she woke up naked with Jean-Philippe “standing over her bed in his white underwear and no shirt,” according to the police report. After initially denying the claims to Police on Friday, […]
March 13, 2019

Cardinal George Pell Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

On March 13, 2019, Judge Peter Kidd announced that Cardinal George Pell has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexually abusing two children. He was once the third most powerful man in the Vatican, and Australia’s most senior Catholic. A 34 year old man alleged that when he was 13, in late 1996, Cardinal George Pell sexually abused him and a friend. The two had snuck into a changing room to drink altar wine in the back of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. According to the complaint, once Pell entered the room, “He planted himself in the doorway […]
March 11, 2019

Child Victims Act Signed into Law. What’s next?

Following the huge victory for survivors of sexual abuse in New York, many may be wondering; whats next? The next step is to take action. Something that thousands of victims have not been able to do before. For decades, abuse victims have been suffering in silence due to the strict statute of limitations in New York. But the time has finally come for those who have suffered to begin to heal. The one year long look-back window, that will allow victims of any age to seek civil damages, officially begins August 14th. However, the next six months are crucial and […]
March 5, 2019


The New York Child Victims Act is now law.  It is great news for victims but it also creates many new issues for these same people.  Prior to passage of the CVA, victims had to file their civil cases before they turned 23 years old.  Of course, most survivors of child sexual abuse did not meet this overly restrictive deadline.  Having no legal recourse, many victims have spent decades trying to move on and suppress these memories.  Now seemingly overnight, anyone who was sexually abused as a child in New York and the ability to file a civil lawsuit and […]
February 28, 2019

What Has Been the Response of the Catholic Church Regarding Abuse Allegations?

For many years, the Roman Catholic Church has had a disproportionately large number of child sexual abuse allegations. Many Catholic organizations have worked to deflect the problem demonstrated through these allegations, however as more cases are revealed, the evidence cannot be ignored. Pope Francis has made several statements on the sexual abuse allegations plaguing the Catholic Church, however his seeming fervor for coming to a solution seems to not match the response here in the United States. Late last December during his annual Christmas speech, Pope Francis vowed the Catholic Church will “never again” cover up clergy sexual abuse against […]

Clergy Abuse

February 28, 2019

Catholic Cardinal George Pell Jailed Following Sexual Abuse Conviction

Yesterday, Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic clergy member ever convicted of sexually assaulting children, was jailed in Melbourne, Australia. Cardinal Pell faces up to 50 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two children. One of the victims said that Cardinal Pell assaulted him in the sacristy of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne while Cardinal Pell was the city’s archbishop.  The prosecution of Cardinal Pell highlights the importance of laws such as the Child Victims Act in New York, which has extend the statute of limitations for civil and criminal cases involving the sexual abuse […]

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February 15, 2019

WATCH: Jeff Herman Holds Press Conference Announcing Class Action Lawsuit Against Archdiocese of New York

Jeff Herman announced today the filing of a class action lawsuit against the Archdiocese of New York. Mr Herman filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of lead plaintiff Emmett Caldwell which seeks to void the Release he and other victims signed relinquishing their claims for childhood sexual abuse against the Archdiocese of New York, pursuant to the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). WATCH the entire press conference below, courtesy of CBS New York. If you are a victim of childhood sexual abuse in New York, you may have still have a claim no matter how long ago your […]
February 15, 2019

Gov. Cuomo Signs Child Victims Act in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law Thursday morning, marking a massive victory for survivors of sexual abuse. The new law creates a one-year window in which victims of childhood sexual abuse can file a civil lawsuit no matter how long ago they were abused. Additionally, the Child Victims Act extends the statute of limitations on civil claims going forward, allowing victims until age 55 to file lawsuits. Herman Law Managing Partner Jeff Herman was in attendance at Gov. Cuomo’s bill signing ceremony yesterday, held at the New York Daily News’ headquarters in Manhattan. “I am so […]
February 15, 2019

Herman Law Announces Filing of Class Action Lawsuit Against Roman Catholic Diocese of New York

  PRESS RELEASE 41 Madison Avenue 25th Floor New York,  NY 10010   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           CONTACT:  LISA DANIELS FEBRUARY 15, 2019                                                        212-390-0100 PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY www.hermanlaw.com CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF NEW YORK TO VOID RELEASES GIVEN IN THE INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM CASE WILL ALLOW VICTIMS TO FILE CLAIMS UNDER THE CHILD VICTIMS ACT New York, NY– Sex Abuse Victim’s Attorney Jeff Herman will hold a press conference on Friday, February 15, 2019, announcing the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of lead plaintiff Emmett Caldwell which seeks to […]

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