New York Extends Child Victims Act ‘Look-Back’ Window for Reporting Sexual Abuse for One Full Year

California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Extension applies to all NY sexual abuse cases including the more than 200 child sexual abuse lawsuits filed against Rockefeller University Hospital and Dr. Reginald Archibald

As reported by Law.com (subscription), on Monday, August 3, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an extension of the historic Child Victims Act that gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse an additional year to bring lawsuits for sexual abuses that occurred even decades ago. This extension to August 14, 2021 gives survivors another 12 months to file civil suits against their alleged abusers and the institutions that protected them — regardless of the date of the original abuse. [Read more…]

Bridge Magazine: “University of Michigan is poorly serving sexual abuse survivors”

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Bridge Magazine has published a powerful opinion piece, written by California Western School of Law Professor Nancy Chi Cantalupo, examining the private claims resolution program the University of Michigan has established for survivors of the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, a former UM physician accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of former students. [Read more…]

Judge Orders Univ. President Mark Schlissel To Attend Next Court Conference in U of M / Dr. Robert Anderson Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

University of Michigan

Article features commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin, who represents the plaintiffs in the case

As reported by The Detroit News, on June 24, 2020, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan ordered University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel to appear at the next virtual status conference regarding multiple lawsuits against the university relating to the conduct of the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, a former UM doctor and athletics program physician accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of former student-patients. [Read more…]

Judge To Ban University of Michigan From Contacting Potential Victims in U of M / Dr. Robert Anderson Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

University of Michigan / Dr. Robert Anderson

As reported by The Detroit News, on June 23, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan said she will issue an order barring the University of Michigan from contacting any more potential victims of the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, a former UM doctor and athletics program physician accused of sexual assault by hundreds of former student-patients. [Read more…]

Deposition of Key Witness in the University of Michigan / Dr. Robert Anderson Decades-Long Sexual Abuse Class Action Will Go Forward

University of Michigan / Dr. Robert Anderson

As reported by the Detroit News, lawyers will be allowed to depose a key witness as part of the lawsuits against the University of Michigan involving literally decades of alleged sexual abuse by the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson. In a ruling made June 10th, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts ordered that Thomas Easthope be deposed in July for trial preservation in the lawsuits against UM and the Board of Regents linked to Anderson – the former head of University Health Service and team physician for the UM Athletic Department from 1968-2003.

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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

Track women athletes

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

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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…]