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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Isle man suing church, order under new law


    By Lila Fujimoto / The Maui News

    At least six lawsuits have been filed in Hawaii under the law temporarily lifting the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse victims to file civil actions, according to attorneys who were on Maui for a seminar Monday on Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Hawaii.

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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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  • 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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NRA-backed Federal Limits on Gun Lawsuits Frustrate Victims, Their Attorneys, The Washington Post, February 1, 2013

A legal shield written by Congress to benefit the firearms industry is posing unexpected hurdles for parents in Newtown, Conn., and victims of other mass shootings, who want to use the courts to hold gun makers accountable and push them to adopt stricter safety standards. The law, approved in 2005 after intense lobbying by the National Rifle Association, grants gun companies rare protection from the kind of liability suits that have targeted many other consumer product manufacturers.