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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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What is sovereign immunity?

Sovereign immunity is a legal concept that basically protects government or government entities from being sued. And so, we see this come up often times when a public school is involved in a case. If we sue a public school, states have the sovereign immunity and say no their schools can’t be sued, or if they can’t be sued, there’s a cap on the amount of damages. It comes from the old English doctrine that the king is sovereign, and can’t be sued,. But in the United States now, States may have sovereign immunity but if it’s a public school and there is a claim under a federal law which is called a Title Nine claim and it depends on the facts, but if there’s a Title Nine claim then there is no cap and there is no sovereign immunity, and that’s important.

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