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  • Bill extends time limit on sexual abuse lawsuits

    By Travis Andersen, Derek Anderson, Jennifer Smith / Boston Globe

    BOSTON - The Massachusetts Legislature is on the verge of finalizing a bill that will give alleged child sexual abuse victims an additional 32 years to file civil lawsuits, a move one specialist said will open the door to thousands of new cases. The bill would extend the statute of limitations for filing suits against alleged perpetrators and, in future cases, the people or institution supervising them. Under the legislation, the victims would be able to file suits up to age 53, instead of the current limit of age 21.

     

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  • Parents of Boy Who Killed Self After Bullying Can Sue

    NBC News

    The parents of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself after being bullied in his Texas school can sue the school district, a federal appeals court has ruled. Jon Carmichael hanged himself in 2010 after months of what his parents claimed was non-stop bullying at the Joshua Independent School District that included being called homophobic slurs and being stripped of his underwear in a locker room..

     

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  • Jerry Sandusky's Son, Six Others Reach Settlement with Penn State

    Chris Boyette

    Jerry Sandusky's adopted son and six other victims of the former Penn State assistant football coach have finalized settlement agreements with the university, attorneys said.


     

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  • California Supreme Court denies Scouts' bid to halt files' release


    Kim Christensen\LA Times

    The California Supreme Court has refused to bar the release of confidential files detailing allegations of child sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts since 1991.

    The court’s decision clears the way for the Scouts to hand over two decades worth of files to attorneys representing a former Scout who was molested by a volunteer leader in 2007, when the plaintiff was 13.

     

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  • Strauss-Kahn Settles Maid’s Suit on Confidential Terms


    By Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg Businessweek

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the maid who accused him of trying to rape her agreed to settle her lawsuit, resolving a legal saga that ended his term as head of the International Monetary Fund and derailed a potential French presidential bid.

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  • 4 years in, Madoff trustee still pursuing assets


    By Associated Press


    Irving Picard, the trustee appointed to recover funds for Madoff victims, and a battalion of lawyers headed by Sheehan have spent long days untangling Madoff's fraud. On the fourth anniversary of Madoff's Dec. 11, 2008, arrest, it's an international effort that shows no signs of slowing.

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  • Abuse Verdict Topples a Hasidic Wall of Secrecy


    By Sharon Otterman / New York Times

    Sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long been hidden. Victims who came forward were intimidated into silence; their families were shunned; cases were dropped for a lack of cooperation.

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  • The Perils of Paroline v. United States and What Congress Must Do Next

    Professor Marci Hamilton

    The Supreme Court’s decision in Paroline v. United States cannot be an easy read for the victims of child pornography. It is filled with the legal jargon of statutory interpretation, restitution, and torts, because, in the Court’s defense, that is what the legal issues are about. For the survivors, though, this case is only about how to wring some justice out of the wild west marketplace in internet pornography. The guidance they receive in Paroline is unsatisfying, but it should not be disheartening. Congress simply has more work to do.

     

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  • NCVBA Member, Steve Kelly, Represents Woman in Lawsuit against Former Orioles Pitcher

    Mike Hellgren / BALTIMORE (WJZ)

    A former Baltimore Oriole is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit. A woman claims Alfredo Simon raped her in a posh Washington, D.C. hotel.

     

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  • Vermont Sex Abuse Judgment: $35 million

    Wilson Ring / Montpelier (AP)

    A woman who said she was sexually abused over several years in the 1990s was awarded $35 million by a civil court jury, though her attorney acknowledged it was unlikely the defendant would ever be able to pay all of it.

     

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  • 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Targeted in Teen Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    Alan Duke / Los Angeles (CNN)

    A lawyer who filed a teen sex abuse lawsuit against "X-Men" director Bryan Singer said three more "Hollywood types" will be targeted in similar suits soon. Michael Egan, who accuses Singer of sexually abusing him starting when he was 15, appeared with attorney Jeff Herman at a news conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

     

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  • Elmo Sex Scandal Timeline

    By Kelli Kennedy / Huffington Post

    MIAMI — Another man on Monday sued the former Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid sex abuse allegations, claiming the voice actor befriended him in Miami and promised to be a father figure before flying the teen to New York to have sex with him.

    The alleged victim is now the fourth to accuse Kevin Clash, who resigned from "Sesame Street" last month after 28 years. 

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  • 2014 NCVBA National Conference Registration

     


     

    Registration is now open for the 2014 National Crime Victim Bar Association’s National Conference, Civil Actions for Criminal Acts, on September 17-19, 2014 in Miami, Florida!

     

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  • Hawaii Law Benefits Victims of Child Sex Abuse


    By Wayne Parsons / The Legal Examiner

    In April a new law went into effect in Hawaii that opens a two year window for people who were sexually abused as children to bring civil lawsuits against the perpetrator no matter how long ago it happened. A good summary of how the new law works can be found at website of The Sex Abuse Treatment Center of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu: 

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4 more Miramonte school students file lawsuits in child abuse case

The list of plaintiffs in the case over alleged child abuse by teachers at Miramonte Elementary School is getting a little longer. Attorneys representing four students who say a teacher performed lewd and lascivious acts against them announced they filed a lawsuit against L.A. Unified. The four children are all under 11-years-old and are former students of veteran Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt. He is accused of feeding some of his students cookies laced with his own body fluids and then taking pictures of it.