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As Child Victims Act takes effect, some seek to void settlements

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ALBANY — Beginning in August, people with decades-old claims of childhood sex abuse will have the rare chance to sue their alleged abusers and the institutions who they say ignored the crime. The Child Victims Act, which passed the Legislature in January, lifts the statute of limitations for reporting childhood abuse and also creates a one-year “look back” window for past claims to be brought.

But hundreds who say they were abused by Catholic priests may be ineligible to pursue damages in court due to releases they signed as part of New York Archdiocese’ victims compensation program, relinquishing their rights to sue the church.

Read more here: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/As-Child-Victims-Act-takes-effect-victims-of-13792059.php

 

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