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…]

New York State and 18 Other Jurisdictions Drastically Expand Window on Child Sexual Abuse Cases

New York State Along With 18 Jurisdictions Change Window on Child Sexual Abuse Statutes of Limitations for 2019

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

Nonprofit think tank Child USA reports that no fewer than 19 jurisdictions in the United States are significantly expanding their windows on the prosecution of sexual abuse crimes. On August 14, 2019, New York State will be the first to do so by extending its criminal statute of limitations for felony prosecutions for sexual abuse to victims aged 28 and for misdemeanor prosecutions to victims aged 25. The new law will also allow civil claims against individuals and institutions to be brought by adults up to age 55, and removes the 90-day notice requirement for claims against public institutions. The new law further opens a 1-year “revival window” against individuals and institutions that will allow past abuse to be reported and prosecuted. This new mandate was signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on February 14, 2019. [Read more…]

Stebbins and St. Michael Alaska Church Child Abuse Cases

Alaska Stebbins St Michael Church Child Abuse

Lieff Cabraser is investigating reports of widespread child abuse in the 1960s and 1970s in the Alaska Norton Sound village of Stebbins and neighboring St. Michael. According to stories appearing in the news, an “entire generation” of children, now mostly in their 50s and 60s, endured years of sexual abuse by Jesuit priests and Catholic church personnel shipped to the village of St. Michael. Nine Jesuit priests, volunteers and laypersons who served in St. Michael between 1949 and 1987 were credibly accused of sexual abuse, the Diocese of Fairbanks has acknowledged.

While the church has apologized for the abuse, a combination of apathy and an absent and/or corrupt police force meant that no action was ever taken against the alleged perpetrators within the church, nor did the victims ever see any restitution or justice. For those survivors in Stebbins and St. Michael, “any expectation the Alaska criminal justice system would energetically investigate sexual assault or hold people accountable if they hurt children has been eroded by generations of neglect.”

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Law.com’s “Meet the Attorneys” in the Hotchkiss School Sexual Assault Case

Hotchkiss sexual abuse case lawyers

The Connecticut Law Tribune and Law.com (subscription) recently published an overview of the lawyers prosecuting and defending claims in the suit accusing the Hotchkiss School of breach of fiduciary duty for allegedly taking no action to protect boys allegedly sexually abused at the school decades ago. In late July 2019, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden for the second time rejected a request by the attorneys representing the Hotchkiss School to dismiss the sexual abuse lawsuit against the prestigious college preparatory institution, ruling in favor of the plaintiff that a jury trial should take place. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Speaks on the Use of Class Actions in Institutional Sex Assault Cases at AAJ Annual Convention

Annika K. Martin Speaks on the Use of Class Actions in Institutional Sex Assault Cases at AAJ Annual Convention

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin spoke earlier this week at the American Association for Justice’s Annual Convention in San Diego on the use of the class action device in institutional sexual abuse and assault cases, like the USC/George Tyndall case and the Huntington Hospital abuse case. The discussion covered strategies, challenges, and recent examples of successful institutional sex assault aggregate cases that have resulted in unprecedented settlements bringing justice to thousands of assault victims. When these abuse cases arise at hospitals, colleges, and other educational institutions, the harm can impact hundreds and even thousands, or tens of thousands, of students. [Read more…]

USC/Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor Op-Ed: “USC Gynecologist George Tyndall Abused Me & My Fight For Justice Goes Beyond His Trial.”

Bustle USC/Tyndall Op-Ed

Bustle magazine has published a moving opinion piece written by USC alumna Shannon O’Conner, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. Ms. O’Conner, a television producer in Los Angeles, recounts the sense of relief she felt after Tyndall was charged with 29 felonies in June 2019. [Read more…]

Judge Rules Hotchkiss School Student Sexual Abuse Trial Will Move Forward

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On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden for the second time rejected a request by the attorneys representing the Hotchkiss School to dismiss the sexual abuse lawsuit against the prestigious college preparatory institution, ruling in favor of the plaintiff that a jury trial should take place. [Read more…]

Claims Period Opens in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case

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On July 12, 2019, formal notice was sent to over 150,000 women identified as possible victims of the sexual predation and misconduct of USC gynecologist George Tyndall over the last several decades. Notice is being transmitted by email, direct mail, and social media, and the official settlement website for the case is now live at https://www.usctyndallsettlement.com. Women who wish to submit claims or learn more about the settlement and the claims process should visit the website at their earliest convenience for full information about the USC/Tyndall Sexual Abuse Litigation settlement. [Read more…]

Hotchkiss School Sexual Abuse Lawsuit to Go Forward After Court Ruling

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As reported by Law.com, U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden (D. Conn.) has ruled that a former student’s lawsuit against the prestigious Hotchkiss School in Connecticut alleging sexual abuse by Roy Smith, a teacher at the school in the 1990s, may move forward. Though the judge dismissed a count of intentional infliction of emotional distress against Hotckhiss, he ruled that the case can proceed on the four other counts, those of breach of fidicuary duty, recklessness, negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. [Read more…]

Ex-USC Gynecologist George Tyndall Arrested in Sex Abuse Cases in Los Angeles

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Tyndall’s sexual abuse and misconduct of hundreds of female USC students led to a $215 million settlement for victims, formal notice for which to go out July 11

Reports are emerging that former USC gynecologist George Tyndall, the focus of a massive sexual abuse and misconduct class action that recently resulted in a settlement for victims valued at $215 million, has been arrested at his home in Los Angeles to face sexual abuse charges related to 16 individual patients. Tyndall’s lawyers confirmed the new of his arrest, noting that Tyndall maintains his innocence and refutes the hundreds, even thousands, of accusations and allegations made against him. [Read more…]

Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Issues Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Renewed Motion for Preliminary Settlement Approval

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On June 13, 2019, Judge Steven V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order granting Plaintiffs’ renewed motion for preliminary approval of the class action settlement of the gender violence and sexual abuse litigation against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. The settlement will require USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize the harm done to all of Tyndall’s patients through a $215 million fund that gives every survivor a choice in how to participate.  [Read more…]

USC/Tyndall Class Action Settlement to Establish Institutional Reforms on Campus, Provide $215 Million Fund for Survivors

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Revised agreement filed today includes additional information requested by Court

University of Southern California (USC) students and alumnae today filed an amended class action settlement agreement that creates a $215 million fund recognizing all survivors of former student health center gynecologist George Tyndall, while establishing institutional reforms on campus such as new procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct. [Read more…]

Hotchkiss School Student Sexual Abuse Trial to Move Forward

Hotchkiss

As reported by the Legal Reader, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden has rejected a request by attorneys representing Hotchkiss to dismiss the sexual abuse lawsuit against the school, ruling that a jury trial take place. Bolden disagreed with the school’s attorneys that Hotchkiss was not responsible for the protection of the student, identified as “John Doe” in the lawsuit. [Read more…]

Humane Society Announces Conclusion of Reconciliation Process Aimed at Improving its Workplace Culture

Humane Society Announces Conclusion of Critical Reconciliation Process

Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody Commends the Society’s Efforts, Applauds the ‘Courageous Women Who Came Forward’ to Initiate the Transformation – “A tremendous day for HSUS and for the future of the animal welfare movement.”

On October 1, 2018, the Humane Society of the United States announced a Reconciliation Process to improve the organization for the benefit of all HSUS employees and volunteers. On March 12, 2019, the Co-Chairs of the HSUS Board of Directors issued a message to the organization regarding the conclusion of that Reconciliation Process. [Read more…]

Hotchkiss School Student Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Ordered to Trial

College prep school

Rejecting the school’s request for dismissal, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden has cleared the student sexual abuse lawsuit against Hotchkiss School for trial. The suit is brought by a former student who attended the prestigious college preparatory school in the mid-1980s, and was sexually abused at age 14 on multiple occasions by a dorm proctor and spurious athletic trainer. The suit further alleges that Hotchkiss School tried to cover up the boy’s reports of the incidents in order to protect its own reputation. [Read more…]

Powerful USA Today Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor: “My encounter with George Tyndall at USC scarred me. The settlement will help me heal.”

USA Today Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor

USA Today has published a moving opinion piece written by USC alumna Elisabeth Treadway, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. Ms. Treadway recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. [Read more…]

Compelling Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor in USC Daily Trojan Newspaper: “USC Tyndall settlement shows strength in numbers”

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The University of Southern California’s student newspaper, The Daily Trojan, has published a powerful opinion piece written by USC alumna, Shannon O’Conner, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. Ms. O’Conner recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. [Read more…]

Passage of NY Child Victims Act Presents Vital Opportunity for Survivors of Sexual Abuse at Rockefeller Hospital to Seek Redress

New York State Along With 18 Jurisdictions Change Window on Child Sexual Abuse Statutes of Limitations for 2019

In 2018 The New York Times published an explosive article detailing a widespread pattern of sexual exploitation and abuse by now-deceased Dr. Reginald Archibald at New York’s Rockefeller University Hospital in a staggering range of incidents dating as far back as the 1950s and extending to a thousand patients or more. Now that New York legislature has passed a groundbreaking expansion of the time period in which survivors can bring lawsuits relating to such offenses, affected patients of Dr. Archibald are empowered to seek redress for their past victimization via legal means. [Read more…]

Powerful CNN Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor: “A USC Gynecologist Shattered My Illusions”

CNN Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor

CNN has published a striking opinion piece written by USC alumna, Meggie Kwait, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC health center. Ms. Kwait recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. [Read more…]