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September 15, 2020

How Filing a Claim Against Boy Scouts of America Can Help You Come to Terms With Your Sexual Abuse

If you suffered from childhood sexual abuse while in Boy Scouts, know that you’re not alone. In mid-2019, there were 12,000+ known victims reported. That number has since grown, but many victims have yet to come forward in an attempt...

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August 18, 2020

What the New York Look Back Window Extension Means for Boy Scout Abuse Victims

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed legislation extending the look back window for victims of sexual abuse in New York to file lawsuits under the state’s Child Victims Act. The original window to file an expired or barred case...

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June 3, 2020

What to Look For in a Boy Scout Abuse Attorney

Have you suffered abuse at the hands of a Boy Scout leader or volunteer? If so, you have the right to file a Proof of Claims form against the Boy Scouts of America, but you must act fast, as the...

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May 20, 2020

“The time for delay is over”… Boy Scout local councils must disclose assets and records.

In the New York Times today, Christopher Hurley, managing partner of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, discussed the need for Boy Scout local counsels to fully disclose their assets and records to victims of Boy Scout sexual abuse and their attorneys....

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May 18, 2020

Boy Scout Victims Must Act Now—Court to Set November 16, 2020 as Deadline for Victims to File Claims for Damages

The Boy Scouts of America are in Bankruptcy Court trying to minimize the negative financial impact resulting from their widespread cover up of decades of sexual abuse within their ranks. The Tort Claimants Committee and the Boy Scouts of America...

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March 10, 2020

How and When to Make a Sexual Abuse Claim Against a Church

The number of sexual abuse allegations against religious institutions has increased significantly over the past few years. In many cases, sexual abuse victims know and trust the perpetrator, but are too young to act against them. As states extend the...

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April 27, 2015

Why Did the Joliet Diocese Allow Child Abusers to be Ordained?

Over the span of 20 years, priests ordained by the Joliet Diocese allegedly abused many boys involved in church programs from the 1960s through 1980s. The Joliet Diocese knew about priests abusing children well before they did anything to protect...

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January 22, 2015

Hurley McKenna & Mertz Files Two Separate Lawsuits Involving Seven Total Sexual Abuse Victims in Illinois

Earlier this week, [[title]] filed lawsuits against Chicago Presbytery on behalf of seven men sexually abused by Presbyterian minister Douglas Mason in the early ‘80s and ‘90s. The two separately-filed lawsuits follow an earlier lawsuit that was settled in 2007...

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