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August 8, 2019

Flood Of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected To Hit NY Next Week

NEW YORK (WNYC/Gothamist) Next Wednesday, adult survivors of child sex abuse in New York will begin filing a flood of civil lawsuits against institutions and individuals, after decades of having their cases barred from court because the allegations were too old. Hundreds of plaintiffs are expected to sue organizations large and small, including Catholic dioceses and parishes, the Boy Scouts of America, hospitals and educational institutions. The one year window was enacted under the Child Victims Act that lawmakers passed in January, and intended as a partial remedy to the state’s previous statute of limitations, which required victims to bring civil cases […]
August 6, 2019

Change to New York Sex-Abuse Laws Expected to Spur A Wave of Lawsuits

NEW YORK (The Wall Street Journal) Just before Stephen Erickson died of cancer late last year, he got permission from a judge to speak under oath about a school janitor who he said sexually abused him beginning in seventh grade. “Over and over again,” Mr. Erickson, 55 years old, said from his hospital bed in Albany, N.Y. Mr. Erickson gave his deposition in anticipation of the passage of the Child Victims Act, a state law extending the time for victims to file lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions that employed them. His deposition was one of many preparations for […]
August 5, 2019

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Plan to File Lawsuits August 14th

NEW YORK (WRVO) Beginning August 14, New Yorkers who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse will have a one year window of opportunity to file civil suits against their abusers, under the terms of the Child Victims Act passed by the legislature earlier this year. Thousands of cases are expected to be filed, with payouts potentially in the millions.  Gordon Smith was 14 years old when he says he was first abused by two priests at a St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and school in Albany in the early 1960s. He was filling in as a janitor for his father, who […]
August 2, 2019

Lawyer for Abuse Victims Demands New York Archdiocese Release ‘Predator Priest’ Data

NEW YORK (NEW YORK POST) A lawyer representing childhood victims of alleged sex abuse on Monday demanded the Archdioceses of New York release “secret files” on “predator priests” — before a one-year statute of limitations rule expires. “We’re launching a petition today to demand that the Church of New York, all the Catholic Dioceses, release their secret files that contain important information on predator priests,” said Jeff Herman, an attorney representing the victims in a class action lawsuit against the archdiocese. In the yet-to-be released documents, more than 500 priests have been identified as child abusers, Herman said. “That’s the […]

Clergy Abuse/Accused Catholic Clergy

August 1, 2019

14 Syracuse-area Students Allegedly Molested by Former Olympian Conrad Mainwaring

NEW YORK (Syracuse.com) Former Olympic hurdler Conrad Mainwaring, who was arrested in June in Los Angeles on a charge of sexual misconduct, has been accused of molesting 14 boys in the Syracuse area, according to an ESPN report Thursday. According to the “Outside the Lines” report, reporters Mike Kessler and Mark Fainaru-Wada spoke with 14 men who told them they had been sexually abused by Mainwaring when he was in the Syracuse area, including five high schoolers, in the 1980s. Mainwaring was arrested on June 19 in Los Angeles on a charge that he sexually molested one of his athletes […]

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July 31, 2019

Former Buffalo Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse lawsuit filed against former Buffalo priest still preaching in CA NEW YORK (WBFO 88.7) A one-time Buffalo Catholic priest, who is now on suspension as an Episcopal priest in Los Angeles, allegedly molested at least two people here [New York] before leaving the Catholic Church. Paul Kowalewski is now facing a lawsuit. In this latest case, Patricia Harner says she was sexually abused by Paul Kowalewski when he was a Buffalo seminarian. Subsequently, he was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1973 and left a few years later, resurfacing as an Episcopal priest in the Syracuse area and […]
July 15, 2019

Herman Law Files Lawsuit Against Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and Grace Church

PRESS RELEASE PDF Version FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   CONTACT: LISA DANIELS MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019                                                        (305) 931-2200                                                                                                  www.hermanlaw.com LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST GRACE ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF ARIZONA Church Leaders Ignored A Pattern of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, Concealing Priest’s Actions and Allowing Church Youth to Be Subjected to Molestation Tucson, AZ – Sex abuse victim’s attorney Jeff Herman announced the filing of a new lawsuit against GRACE ST. PAUL’S CHURCH and THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF ARIZONA. The suit alleges church leaders ignored credible reports of sexual misconduct by Father Richard Babcock, instead acting to conceal […]
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Clergy Abuse/Episcopal Church (Anglican Church)

July 12, 2019

Herman Law Petitions to Release Secret Files, Press Conference on Monday

PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT PDF Version PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD                                   CONTACT: LISA DANIELS MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 (12:00 PM)                                   (212) 390-0100 LOCATION DETAILS BELOW                                               www.hermanlaw.com PETITION DEMANDS CATHOLIC CHURCH IN NEW YORK STATE TO RELEASE THEIR SECRET FILES ON PREDATOR PRIESTS Secret Files Will Help Victims of Abuse File Claims Under the Child Victims Act Next Month New York, NY ­– Sex abuse victim’s attorney Jeff Herman will hold a press conference on Monday, July 15, 2019, announcing the launch of a petition targeted against the dioceses of the Catholic Church in New York State. The petition urges church […]
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Clergy Abuse/Roman Catholic Church

May 28, 2019

Victims Should Not Be Fooled By the Buffalo Diocese Compensation Program

It is reported today that the Diocese of Buffalo paid $17.5 to 106 clergy abuse victims under its “voluntary” compensation program.  Bishop Richard Malone is quoted as stating “We’re doing this now because I know it’s the right thing to do.”  As a lawyer representing hundreds of clergy abuse victims, I do not believe the Diocese is acting out of concern for the victims.  I believe the voluntary compensation victim program was put into place to settle claims for pennies on the dollar before the New York Child Victims Act became law.  I hear from many victims who feel re-victimized […]
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