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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Recent lawsuit filed against LDS Church seeks justice and important policy change

Recent lawsuit seeks justice and important policy change to make LDS Church safer for those susceptible to sexual assault by leaders. Read more about these developments here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mckenna-denson-mormon-church-abuse-lawsuit_us_5ac68734e4b0337ad1e5f7f1 https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/04/05/woman-accusing-missionary-training-center-president-of-rape-stands-in-front-of-cameras-to-say-she-is-a-victim/

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Hidden Disgrace II: Rockville Center Diocese

Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse, a national team of attorneys dedicated to representing victims of sexual abuse that James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A., is proud to serve with, just released a new report entitled Hidden Disgrace II. 51 alleged pedophiles who are associated with the diocese within the Diocese of Rockville Centre were identified

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Montana Abuse on Reservations

Tremendous article shines a spotlight on the epidemic of abuse on Montana reservations by predatory priests.  Read the article here. Lee James and Craig Vernon of James, Vernon and Weeks, P.A. have represented hundreds of survivors who were abused as children on Montana reservations. These lawsuits include the cases against the Northwest Jesuits as discussed in this New

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