The grievance industry has found an inch in New York, and that inch will be pushed to a mile with a new state law allowing people to sue for child sex abuse within the next year, regardless of when the alleged event occurred.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed The Child Victim Act into law in February and it takes effect August 14, effectively eliminating the statute of limitations for child sex crimes during the grace year.
It will have a particularly devastating effect on a specific section of Christianity, Catholicism. All too human Priests are forced by their vows to ignore their worldly urges. Unfortunately, on top of that, not all priests are mentally healthy.
Lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, best known for representing child victims of Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Boston, admits, “it’s going to bring a tidal wave of lawsuits.” By waiving the statute of limitations, along with legitimate claims that weren’t brought to light, opportunists are bound to come crawling out of the woodwork.
The Boy Scouts are also a target and issued a statement of support and acknowledgment. “We believe victims, we support them, we pay for counseling by a provider of their choice, and we encourage them to come forward.”
The Catholic Conference of New York dropped it’s opposition to the law once the terms were broadened beyond just Catholicism.
Dennis Poust, spokesman, said, “all survivors deserve to be heard.” The #MeToo movement inspired others to come forward, exposing abuse in multiple organizations and institutions.
Lawyers for victims were reconnecting with old clients who had otherwise been barred from seeking damages because of the statute of limitations.
Attorneys are thrilled with the boom in business this will bring. TV ads have since spiked for firms inviting child sex abuse lawsuits. It went from 46 in January to 1,700 in March/April, said X Ante, a consulting firm that tracks lawyer ad spending.
It’s not just about the money though. Victims and advocates are often more interested in exposing the problem and holding people accountable.
Some organizations have acknowledged the abuse, apologized and have aided in reporting it. Others have offered compensation. Some are drawn to the compensation, possibly not wanting to go through bringing it up publicly. Once you accept an offer, you cannot sue.
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This has affected the insurance some organizations have. Two insurance companies, Travelers and Chubb, are strengthening their reserves to deal with incoming litigation.
Some organizations may need to file bankruptcy. This stops litigation and creates a panel where all claims can be settled at one time. Lawyer Tim Kosnoff, who specializes in scout cases, encouraged bankruptcy. Strangely enough, it seems to be a win-win for everybody.