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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 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 […]
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 […]

Accused Catholic Clergy/Catholic Institutions

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 […]
January 4, 2019

Archbishop Dolan Seeks to Avoid the “Look-back Window” of Child Victims Act

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York wrote an op-ed for the Daily News in which he expresses concern for the Child Victims Act “breaking” the Catholic Church.  He advocates for a modified bill that would not have a “look-back window.”  The “look-back” window is critical to the legislation, as it will allow adult survivors  to file claims that would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations.  Archbishop Dolan seeks as a substitute a program to compensate survivors that will mirror the one implemented by Dioceses in New York State.  Attorney Jeff Herman is critical of Archbishop […]
November 20, 2018

Herman Law Investigating Cases Ahead Of The Child Victims Act Legislation

Herman Law is investigating sex abuse cases in New York, in anticipation of passage of the Child Victims Act.  The firm’s New York office already represents several victims whose cases are precluded by the statute of limitations in New York and has been waiting to be able to bring justice to these survivors.  Finally, it appears that this important legislation will pass and victims of sexual abuse in New York will have a measure of justice.  In addition, these cases will expose predators who otherwise are hidden in our communities.  If the law passes, we expect that victims from the […]
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