As NY Child Abuse Suits Surge, Attys Prepare For Long Haul

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By Frank G. Runyeon | August 18, 2019, 8:02 PM EDT

Hundreds of child abuse lawsuits poured into New York state courts last week as the Child Victims Act went into effect, but attorneys said they were also pacing themselves for a longer rollout as a one-year door opened for older people to file suits against their childhood abusers…

…Many firms touted their comparatively modest filing tally as a virtue and urged caution in proceeding with the abuse litigation.

“We’re responsible lawyers and we file cases responsibly,” said Stephen Weiss of Seeger Weiss LLP, which filed 15 lawsuits on Wednesday, answering questions on a conference call. “No case can be filed responsibly before we do a thorough investigation of the alleged claims, validate them — hopefully through corroborating evidence — and we’ve done that in each of the cases that we intend to file today.”

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