JVW Is Here For You As We All Deal With COVID-19

JVW is open and continuing to advance our clients’ rights.  We recognize that now, more than ever, individuals, companies and municipalities need our help.  We have rapidly transitioned our office to work under the new “social distancing” norm.  Whatever your legal needs, we are here for you.  Our firm was already ahead of the

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More Than 600 Clergy Abusers Named in California

In California, there are more than 660 credibly accused Catholic clergy abusers, according to one organization that tracks the abuse. The list of abusers includes four high-ranking bishops among the list of priests accused of harming children. Victims of sexual abuse in California now have more time to seek justice through the courts, thanks

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Diocese of Rochester Bankruptcy: What It Means for Abuse Survivors

By Leander James What happened? On September 12, 2019, the Diocese of Rochester, NY, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As a non-profit corporation, it had the choice to file bankruptcy to deal with mounting lawsuits brought by survivors of clergy sexual abuse or to fight them in state court. It chose to file bankruptcy. What

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Diocese of Rochester Ends Its Compensation Program

The Diocese of Rochester issued a statement on March 14th, 2019 stating that it would no longer accept new applicants for its reconciliation and compensation program. James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A. has represented most of the survivors of clergy abuse who have used this program to resolve their claims without costly litigation. This news

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Sex Abuse Expert Discusses the Challenges of Coming Forward

By Craig Vernon Having represented many hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse, the attorneys at JVW applaud this reporting explaining why survivors do not report sexual abuse or wait to report until much later in life.  Understanding this phenomena is important to parents to protect their children and for all of us to realize

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