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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 does

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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 that

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Channel 10 WHEC Covers Rochester Diocese Settlements

Channel 10 News (WHEC) in Rochester, NY recently covered Governor Cuomo’s signing of the Child Victims Act, and the Rochester Diocese mediation process. Our very own, Leander James IV spoke to WHEC about these claims.  https://www.whec.com/news/mediator-awarding-settlements-to-those-who-claim-abuse-by-rochester-diocese/5246958/

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The Passing of the Child Victims Act Brings New Claims

“For 13 years now, advocates like myself and others had been trying to get the Child Victims Act passed to get some access to justice for sex abuse survivors in the state. Each survivor heals in their own way, but healing always involves empowerment. Without the Child Victims Act, they had no access to legal

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Do New York State Catholic Compensation Programs Bring Justice and Healing to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors?

By Leander James In 2016, faced with mounting political and legal pressure, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan, announced the creation of an “Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program” (IRCP) to compensate individuals sexually abused as children by clergy within the Diocese.  Most dioceses in New York State have followed suit by creating their own programs

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What is Multi-District Litigation (MDLs)?

By Wes S. Larsen Have you ever seen a television or internet ad regarding an allegedly dangerous prescription drug or medical device? They often say things like, “If you or a loved one have been injured by [fill in the blank], call us now! You may be entitled to compensation.” While such promises may seem

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JVW attorneys pleased to announce significant settlement against Diocese of Great Falls

JVW attorneys pleased to announce significant settlement against Diocese of Great Falls which achieves monetary compensation for their clients who survived sexual assault as children as well as important non-monetary considerations. Read more about these stories here: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/04/27/us/ap-us-church-abuse-montana.html https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/montana-diocese-reaches-2420m-settlement-with-abuse-victims/ar-AAwqRg1

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