Diocese of Rockville Centre Files for Bankruptcy: On October 1, 2020, the Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for bankruptcy. We have helped hundreds of abuse survivors pursue claims in other Catholic bankruptcies, including the current Dioceses of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. The bankruptcy does not mean abuse survivors will receive no compensation from the Diocese of Rockville Centre — the bankruptcy simply puts a “pause” on the current lawsuits against the Diocese while a bankruptcy judge decides a fair way to use its assets to compensate abuse survivors and others. We have put together a “frequently asked questions” based on our experience in other cases, which you can read by clicking here.
Most importantly, the bankruptcy judge will set a “bar date deadline” for abuse survivors to file claims in the bankruptcy. The deadline may be significantly shorter than the statute of limitations, including the statute of limitations under the Child Victims Act. If an abuse survivor fails to file a claim by the bar date deadline their claim may be forever “barred” and they may receive no compensation, even if they claim they were not aware of the deadline. Please contact us to learn your options and to make sure your legal rights are protected.
Child Victims Act Deadline Extended! On August 3, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed an extension that gives abuse survivors another year (until mid-August 2021) to file a civil claim for the abuse they suffered. Please remember this extension does *not* apply to defendants who file for bankruptcy — a bankruptcy judge may set a much shorter deadline for people to file claims against a bankrupt defendant. If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse, please contact us to learn your options and ensure your legal rights are protected.
The lawyers featured on this website have a wide-range of experience helping hundreds of abuse survivors with claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, the Mormon church, schools, and other youth-serving organizations that failed to protect their clients from sexual predators. Some of the lawyers are licensed in New York, with offices in New York City, while others are licensed in other states but are willing to jointly represent abuse survivors in New York given their experience helping people in other states.
On August 14, 2019, our clients filed some of the first lawsuits in New York under the Child Victims Act, including cases against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, Rockefeller University, and other institutions. Please contact us to learn your legal options, including filing a lawsuit or trying to resolve your claim informally without litigation.
If you are an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you may just now be in the process of starting to understand how the abuse has affected your life. You may have also recently learned that someone you trusted failed to protect you and allowed the abuse to occur. Sadly, you are not alone, but we are here to help you understand whether you have legal options to seek redress for the harm you suffered. Please contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.
Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy — “Bar Date” Deadline: On May 18, 2020, the bankruptcy judge overseeing the Boy Scouts bankruptcy set November 16, 2020, as the “bar date” deadline for abuse survivors to file claims in the bankruptcy. This deadline is called a “bar date” because anyone who fails to file a claim by the deadline will likely have their claim against the Boy Scouts forever “barred” and they will likely forfeit any claim they have against the Boy Scouts, including any right to compensation from the Boy Scouts. The deadline usually applies to anyone who has a claim, even people who come forward late because they were not aware of the deadline.
This deadline may shorten the statute of limitations for abuse survivors in New York. On August 14, 2019, the Child Victims Act in New York gave all child abuse survivors, regardless of their current age, one year to file a lawsuit for the abuse they suffered. Even if that one year “window” is extended, anyone with a claim against the Boy Scouts must still file a claim in the bankruptcy by the “bar date” deadline of November 16, 2020.
If you or someone you love may have a claim against the Boy Scouts of America the time to act is now. Please contact us to learn your legal options and to ensure your legal rights are protected. You can also read our answers to “frequently asked questions” about the bankruptcy by clicking here.
Diocese of Buffalo Bankruptcy — What Does It Mean? We represent dozens of people with claims against the Diocese of Buffalo, and we have helped hundreds of abuse survivors in other Catholic bankruptcies, including the on-going bankruptcy of the Diocese of Rochester. Please click here to learn what the Buffalo bankruptcy means for abuse survivors.
Interviews Regarding the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy: Some of our clients have decided to speak out regarding the Boy Scouts bankruptcy and what it means to them. Our lawyers have also been featured in a number of news stories about the bankruptcy because of our long history of helping Boy Scout abuse survivors and our work in a large number of the Catholic bankruptcies. You can read or watch some of the stories by clicking on the links below:
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy. Hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits are now on hold” (CNN)
- “Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward” (AP)
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid sexual abuse lawsuits” (CBS)
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy after sex abuse lawsuits” (Fox News)
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid wave of potential lawsuits” (Washington Post)
- “Why the Boy Scouts Are Bankrupt and What It Means For Families” (Yahoo News)
Diocese of Rochester — August 13, 2020 Deadline for Claims: The bankruptcy court has set August 13, 2020, as the “bar date” deadline for abuse survivors to file a claim with the bankruptcy court. All abuse survivors must file a claim by that deadline or their claim against the Diocese will likely be forever “barred.” The deadline usually applies to everyone, including people who come forward later and claim they were not aware of the deadline. The time to act is now. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation to learn your options. You can read more about the bankruptcy and what it means for abuse survivors by clicking here.
The Child Victims Act Gives New Rights to Abuse Survivors!! The Child Victims Act went into effect on August 14, 2019. The new law provides all abuse survivors, regardless of their current age, one year to file a claim for the abuse they suffered. The law also extends the statute of limitations for some claims, but the one year “window” to file a claim applies to all abuse survivors. However, the one-year window could be significantly shortened if a defendant has filed a bankruptcy, such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Diocese of Buffalo, and the Diocese of Rochester. If you or someone you love was abused, the time to act is now. Please contact us to learn about your options as the time to file a claim may be limited. We only represent abuse survivors, not the Catholic Church, not the Boy Scouts, and not institution who enabled abuse.
News Coverage of our Clients and Attorneys
You can watch or read about some of our client’s stories, as well as interviews with some of our lawyers. Our clients who are featured in these stories chose to come forward and share their experiences.
Boy Scout Perversion Files: We represent dozens of people who survived sexual abuse by Scout leaders in New York and other states. You can hear some of their stories by clicking here.
Some of our attorneys obtained the Boy Scouts’ “ineligible volunteer” / “perversion” files almost two decades ago and we have used them in many cases. You can read the files for New York by clicking here. Please know that these files are not “new” so any recent reports claiming they are “new” is not accurate. Please also know the files are not complete — they are missing more than a decade of files in more recent years, and the Boy Scouts had a long policy of destroying files after people were deceased. We have represented many abuse survivors who were abused by Scout leaders who were not in the files. Please contact us if you want to learn more.
Story Regarding Religious Orders: Some of our clients recently chose to share their stories about sexual abuse involving religious orders. The articles include interviews with Michael Pfau, one of the attorneys featured on this website who has represented abuse survivors across the country. You can watch one of the stories by clicking here and you can read another one of the stories by clicking here.
Update Regarding Dr. Reginald Archibald: Please visit this page for an update regarding Dr. Reginald Archibald, Rockefeller University Hospital, and the Madison Square Boys Club. We represent approximately 200 of his former patients who allege he sexually abused them under the guise of “treatment.” We highly recommend you contact us before talking with the University or its defense lawyers so you know your rights. You do not have to speak with a defense attorney to obtain your medical records. We are working to obtain our client’s medical records, including any photographs that Dr. Archibald took of them. You can read about our efforts here and here.
When a child survives abuse by someone in a position of trust and authority, the resulting harm and damage can last a lifetime. We are attorneys who can help survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and we understand that many child abuse survivors do not realize they are suffering until much later in life.
Why Contact Us?
The New York lawyers featured on this website want to help abuse survivors understand their options, including whether they may be able to bring a claim against those who allowed or enabled their abuse to happen. In order to help in that effort, they have teamed-up with lawyers from other states who have significant experience helping abuse survivors, including claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, the Mormon Church, and other youth-serving organizations.