New York Archdiocese Files Lawsuit Against 32 Insurance Company Regarding Sexual Abuse Claims

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New York Archdiocese Files Lawsuit Against 32 Insurance Company Regarding Sexual Abuse Claims

As reported by Lohud.com (part of USA Today), the New York Archdiocese has filed a lawsuit against 32 insurance companies. Their claim? Failing to pay claims brought by victims of sexual abuse by the church.

Under the New York Child Victim’s Act, there will be a one-year window in which older claims may be brought.  That window of opportunity opens on August 14, 2019.

Hundreds of plaintiffs filed lawsuits already against catholic religious organizations, hospitals, schools and other institutions. The church expects even more. As a result, the Archdiocese has commenced this action on behalf of other impacted institutions.  The New York Archdiocese covers New York, Bronx, Richmond Counties, Westchester, Rockland and other counties in the Hudson Valley.

More Than 300 Victims of Sexual Abuse by Priests and Clergy Have Already Been Compensated

As of April, more than 300 plaintiffs have been compensated by the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program set up by the archdiocese. They have paid out more than $65 million.

Archdiocese Pushes for Insurance Policies to Cover Sexual Abuse Claims

The Archdiocese claims that it has purchased a range of insurance policies from insurers over the years. They argue these policies should cover the liability on those claims.  These claims could amount to tens of millions of dollars or more.  Furthermore, questions exist as to the institutions’ ability to pay and fully compensate victims.

Without coverage, will these institutions would be able to continue operating after payments are made?  The insurance policies may play a critical role in the outcome of these cases, and whether victims will be compensated.

The report indicated that Chubb is the largest insurer of the Archdiocese and has recently denied coverage in a sexual abuse lawsuit.  With a growing number of cases, the Archdiocese is taking proactive steps to force the insurance companies to pay on the policies.

Has Sexual Abuse by the Clergy Impacted You?

If you or a loved one was sexually abused by a member of the clergy, contact our attorneys today.  You have a limited window of opportunity to file your claim. Contact us to restitution and bring closure to a horrible situation.  Our compassionate attorneys are here for you, ready to discuss your case.

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Source: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/new-york/2019/07/01/ny-sues-sex-abuse-cases/1621600001/