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April 2, 2019

Window for priest sex-abuse lawsuits could rock Staten Island this summer

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Victims with ties to Staten Island are among those preparing to file lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church alleging priestly sex abuse when a special one-year window of opportunity opens in August in New York State, the Advance has learned. Events and other outreach intended to bring attention to the victims already are being done in anticipation of what some experts believe is going to be a controversial summer of filings starting in mid-August. The lawsuits are prompted by the Child Victims Act signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 14. STAGGERING COSTS The costs […]
March 26, 2019

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says child sex abuse claim against Ellicottville priest is credible

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has substantiated an allegation of child sexual abuse against a suspended Ellicottville priest. The diocese announced the Rev. Ronald Mierzwa, pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church in Ellicottville, will remain on leave while the results of its investigation are reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican in Rome, which will make the final determination. According to the diocese, Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone determined the claim against Mierzwa was credible after considering the advice of the Independent Diocesan Review Board, which met on Wednesday and reviewed the reports […]
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 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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January 30, 2019

New York Passes Child Victims Act

After years of a hard fought battle, survivors of sexual abuse in New York have finally won. For the first time, those who were sexually abused long ago will finally have a voice. On Monday, New York legislature passed the Child Victims Act that will allow survivors to seek civil justice until age 55, from what was previously cut off at age 23. More importantly, the Child Victims Act will create a one year window in which victims of sexual abuse can file lawsuits no matter how long ago they were abused. Attorney Jeff Herman said, “This bill is a […]
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