New York Votes to Extend Child Victims Act ‘Look-Back’ Window for Reporting Sexual Abuse

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

The New York State Legislature has approved a bill extending the Child Victims Act that gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse more time to bring lawsuits for allegations that occurred even decades ago. As reported by Law.com (subscription), on Wednesday, lawmakers in the state voted to extend the legal “look-back” window by an extra year, officially pushing the filing deadline for new claims to August 2021. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Annika K. Martin Appointed Interim Co-Class Counsel for Plaintiffs in U of M / Anderson Sexual Abuse Class Action

University of Michigan

On May 26, 2020, Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin was appointed to serve as Plaintiffs’ Interim Co-Class Counsel in the sexual abuse litigation against the University of Michigan and Dr. Robert E. Anderson pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of former student-patients, alleges that Anderson abused his position to repeatedly and regularly sexually assault University students in the guise of providing medical care, and that the University of Michigan and its Regents allowed and enabled that abuse during his employment at the University from 1968 through 2003. [Read more…]

Civil Litigation and Other Alternatives to Criminal Prosecution Can Achieve the Kind of Institutional Reforms Victims Care About

Abuse Victims

By Lieff Cabraser Attorney Avery Halfon

The cultural impact of Harvey Weinstein’s criminal conviction for felony sex crimes may be broader than any other in years. As the revelations of his abuse were the spark that ignited the #MeToo movement, his guilty verdict symbolizes a formal recognition how much sexual misconduct matters, how it happens, and the harm it causes. It may spur more potential individual and institutional offenders to “get it” and behave differently—not only because it may signal a more concrete risk of consequences, but because it may help those potential offender internalize why they should change their individual conduct or institutional culture to prevent sexual misconduct in the first place. As I wrote recently, both research and anecdotal evidence shows that such understanding and prevention is exactly what victims value most. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Talks to Agenda About the Impact of #MeToo on Corporate Culture

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin spoke recently with web based business resource platform Agenda about the rise of the #MeToo movement in corporate culture and how #MeToo has driven corporations to change how they handle misconduct. Rather than buying off accusers, as was once common, those in charge are instead imposing strong ethical standards and policy changes to ensure their companies don’t foster environments that enable misconduct. [Read more…]

What Victims Value: Individual and Institutional Offenders “Getting It” and Changing Their Behavior

Abuse Victims

By Lieff Cabraser Attorney Avery Halfon

Harvey Weinstein’s criminal conviction for felony sex crimes may be a watershed moment in our cultural recognition and legal handling of sexual misconduct. The more than 90 women who spoke out about Weinstein’s abuse deserve an enormous amount of credit for their bravery, which awakened a societal sea change through the #MeToo movement that led to this guilty verdict. [Read more…]

Judge Orders Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit Against Huntington Memorial Hospital and Dr. Patrick Sutton to Move Forward

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Judge Otis D. Wright’s March 16, 2020 Order dismissed a small subset of claims from plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint but ordered that the case move to trial on numerous other individual and class claims including sexual assault, negligence, and punitive damages

On March 16, 2020, the Honorable Otis D. Wright, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California issued a ruling that the class action sexual abuse lawsuit filed by Lieff Cabraser and Sauder Schelkopf on behalf of multiple Jane Doe plaintiffs and what are estimated to be thousands of class members against Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital and Dr. Patrick Sutton should move forward. While dismissing some of the Doe plaintiffs’ sexual harassment and gender violence claims on procedural grounds, the Judge’s Order found sufficient grounds for the plaintiffs’ sexual assault, sexual battery, negligence, gross negligence, and punitive and exemplary damages claims, a subset of the sexual harassment and gender violence claims advanced by some of the Doe plaintiffs, and significantly, also upheld plaintiffs’ collective class action claims, and directed that the litigation should move forward to formal discovery and trial. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel File Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Student-Athletes Against NCAA and Former Track Coach John Rembao

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Today, three former student-athletes filed a class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the NCAA Board of Governors, and John Rembao, the former track and cross-country coach at the University of Arizona, University of Texas-Austin and other NCAA universities. The complaint alleges that the NCAA put student-athletes at all NCAA member schools in harm’s way by failing to prohibit sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual contact between coaches and student-athletes, and by permitting coaches accused of sexual abuse to move unfettered between NCAA schools. The lawsuit seeks immediate adoption of clear and best practices around coach-student relationships, and compensation for those who were subjected to abuse as a result of the NCAA’s failures to employ such practices. [Read more…]

Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against the University of Michigan by Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel

University of Michigan

Lawsuit alleges that for over three decades the University of Michigan allowed Dr. Robert E. Anderson to violate the trust of and sexually abuse young male student-patients

Lieff Cabraser, The Miller Law Firm, and Sauder Schelkopf, LLC announce that a class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan against the University of Michigan and its Regents for allowing and enabling a University physician, Dr. Robert E. Anderson, to sexually abuse students while employed by the University from 1968 until 2003. The lawsuit is brought on behalf of former student-patients who allege Anderson used his position to repeatedly and regularly sexually assault University students in the guise of providing medical care. [Read more…]

Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Grants Final Approval to Landmark $215M Settlement for Ex-Gynecologist’s Student Patients

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), on February 26, 2020, Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order granting final approval to the $215 million settlement between USC and a class of thousands of women who claim they were sexually abused by university doctor George Tyndall between 1989 and 2016. [Read more…]

New York Gynecologist Robert Hadden, Who Evaded Prison in Controversial 2016 Sex-Crime Plea, Now Faces New Allegations

Gynecologist patient sexual abuse

Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman represents one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuits against Dr. Hadden

The New York Times reports that the Manhattan district attorney’s office has announced that it has opened an investigation into new allegations of abuse against NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital gynecologist Robert A. Hadden. The announcement came just a month after the wife of a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate publicly declared that she, too, was one of Hadden’s victims and amid calls from elected officials and women’s rights groups for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. to resign over his handling of previous cases against Hadden. [Read more…]

USC Gynecologist Sexual Abuse Class Action Settlement Receives Final Approval

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On February 19, 2020, Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted final approval to the $215 million settlement between USC and a class of thousands of women who claim they were sexually abused by university doctor George Tyndall between 1989 and 2016. Judge Wilson further ordered the parties to submit a proposed final approval order and judgment. [Read more…]

New York 2019 Child Victims Act – Take Action to Get Justice Before the August 14, 2020 Deadline

Abuse Survivors Can Receive Compensation

New York State recently enacted the New York Child Victims Act, which opens a one-year window until August 14, 2020 for people of any age who experienced sexual abuse as a child to bring lawsuits in New York even for abuse that occurred decades ago. Going forward, the new law also allows child sex abuse survivors to bring a civil lawsuit against abusers and institutions that protected them until the survivor reaches the age of 55.
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Annika K. Martin to Discuss the USC Tyndall Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit at Berkeley Law

Annika K. Martin to Discuss the USC Tyndall Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit at Berkeley Law

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 12:40 – 2:00 p.m., Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin will speak at Berkeley Law’s Lunch Talk event on the USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Litigation, in which Ms. Martin represents women who were sexually abused, harassed, and molested by former head USC gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. while they were students at the University of Southern California. Ms. Martin will explore the class action lawsuit and discuss how the recent $250 million settlement represents an important step forward for survivors. [Read more…]

Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Signals Approval of Landmark $215M Settlement for Ex-Gynecologist’s Patients

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On Monday January 6, 2020 a federal judge in Los Angeles signaled that he would give final approval to USC’s landmark, $215-million federal class-action settlement with former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, who has been accused of sexual abuse and misconduct relating to tens of thousands of female patients while he was the head gynecologist at the USC student health center for over two decades. [Read more…]

New Incidences of Sexual Assault on Frontier Airlines Are Example of Growing Problem

New Incidences of Sexual Assault on Frontier Airlines Are Example of Growing Problem

As reported by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, sexual assault on airplanes continues to be a steadily growing problem.

In October 2018, a 14-member government task force was created to study sexual misconduct on airplanes after the FBI issued a warning to airlines and to the public at large that the number of sexual assaults reported during commercial airline flights had been increasing “at an alarming rate.” [Read more…]

Abuse Survivors Can Receive Compensation From Fund Set Up By Six California Catholic Dioceses

Abuse Survivors Can Receive Compensation

Survivors need to be aware of fast-approaching January 31, 2020 deadline for all claims

Individuals who were sexually abused by priests across six California Catholic dioceses now have the option to file claims to receive money from a new independent compensation program managed outside the church. The Independent Compensation Program (“ICP”), initially announced in May of this year, is a part of an ongoing effort by the Dioceses to repair their relationships with their communities and offer restitution for past abuses. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel File Sexual Assault Class Action Against Frontier Airlines

Airline sexual assault

Lawsuit alleges the carrier fails in its duty to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assaults of passengers on its flights

San Francisco, December 16, 2019—(BUSINESSWIRE)—Lieff Cabraser, Tyler H. Fox and Maass Law announce the filing of a federal class action lawsuit in Denver on behalf of two Colorado residents alleging that Frontier Inc. has failed to have and follow policies and procedures to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assaults of passengers on its flights. [Read more…]

Uber Safety Report Shows Nearly 6,000 Incidents of Sexual Assault Over Past Two Years

Uber Safety Report Shows Nearly 6,000 Incidents of Sexual Assault Over Past Two Years

Uber recently released a highly-anticipated safety report, wherein the ridesharing giant, revealed that it received 5,981 reports of serious sexual assault in the U.S. during 2017 and 2018. The claims range from unwanted touching and kissing to outright rape, with almost 500 incidents of rape reported. [Read more…]

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Victims can now bring suit for much older abuse cases that would in the past have been blocked by statutes of limitation

As reported by the Los Angeles Times and numerous other news outlets, California just passed a new law giving victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to report allegations and file lawsuits, and temporarily allowing previously time-barred sexual assault claims to be brought, joining multiple other states, including New York, in greatly expanding the statute of limitations for claims by sex abuse victims. [Read more…]

New York Child Victims Act Lawsuits Surge as Rockefeller University Hospital Settles Over 200 Alleged Molestation Cases

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Victims whose cases had expired may now sue until August 2020; victims now under 23 have until age 55

As reported by the New York Post, it has only been two weeks since a profound and long-overdue change in New York State law restored the right of child molestation victims to seek justice on older, previously time-barred cases. Nearly 600 new child molestation cases have already been filed in the state since its 2019 Child Victims Act revived all stale claims for one year, but that number is separate from over 200 cases which Manhattan’s Rockefeller Hospital elected to privately settle before their claims could reach open court. [Read more…]