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Why Do Child Sex Abuse Victims Sue Churches?

Over the past fifteen years or so, our society has become painfully aware of the extensive existence of child sexual abuse, both in the United States and throughout the world. In some circumstances, children are abused by a relative or close family friend; in others, they are abused by a mentor such as a priest, a

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Lawsuit Challenges British Petroleum’s Pensions

April 13, 2016: Employees filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against BP for their company’s retirement plan and the disparity found in benefits, alleging that the company misled employees about cash balance plans. Fox 26 news- Employees file class action lawsuit against BP http://www.fox26houston.com/news/122101254-story   See articles here: http://www.texaslawyer.com/id=1202754850881/Class-Action-Filed-Against-BP-Retirement-Plan?slreturn=20160314115140 http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/BP-sued-over-pension-plan-7247055.php http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/04/14/bp-employees-file-suit-over-pensions.html http://www.chron.com/business/article/BP-sued-over-pension-plan-7246637.php http://www.houstonpress.com/news/lawsuit-claims-bp-misled-workers-before-pension-benefits-tanked-8325534 https://www.law360.com/classaction/articles/784225/bp-hit-with-100m-class-action-over-retirement-plan

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Improving the Public’s Perception of Lawyers

In the Advocate March/April 2016 edition, the Idaho State bar official publication ran an article on “Improving the Public’s Perception of Lawyers”. In this article, by Trudy Hanson Fouser (president of the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners), writes about James, Vernon & Weeks attorney, Leander James: “And up north I think of Lee James,

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The Mennonite World Review

The Mennonite World Review recently published an article written by Tim Huber titled, “Suit accuses Holdeman Church of not reporting sexual abuse”.  The article discusses a lawsuit filed by James, Vernon & Weeks.  Craig Vernon, who filed the lawsuit, hopes that others who have suffered in silence because of similar abuse understand that help is

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Lawsuit and Abuse in San Diego Modeling Industry

Edited 3/1/2016 Leander James and Craig Vernon from James, Vernon & Weeks, PA is partnering with Hamilton-James to defend a woman who modeled as a teen 25 years ago in San Diego is suing a well-known modeling school, claiming it is responsible for booking photographers who sexually abused her. At age 14, Kyser enrolled at

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Boundary County reviewing Nault case

Coeur d’Alene Press / 2.16.16 COEUR d’ALENE — Nearly seven months after the drowning of 16-year-old Reggie Nault on Lake Coeur d’Alene, no charges have been filed related to the death and the Boundary County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case. Nault, who was a member of the Coeur d’Alene High varsity baseball team, was with

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Man sues Mennonite church over alleged abuse

Coeur d’Alene Press / 2.12.16 COEUR d’ALENE — A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims a child was sexually abused by his father, while leaders of a Mennonite church in Bonners Ferry failed to protect the boy. The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday by attorneys with the Coeur d’Alene firm of James, Vernon and Weeks. It states Clayton

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TLC’s Documentary on Child Sexual Abuse Gives Victims a Voice, a Chance to be Heard

See video, here: http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/tlc-presents/videos/breaking-the-silence/  “As a society, we’ll look the other way and pretend it’s not going on, when the reality is, it’s going on in our backyards.”  Those powerful words are from a survivor of child sexual abuse, Erin Merryn. Merryn was a young girl when she was repeatedly sexually abused over several years. Merryn

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