The Child Victim’s Act: What It Means for Your Business

By Richard L. Weber, Esq. ‘During a one-time window of opportunity, victims of child sexual abuse who are now well into adulthood are able to pursue lawsuits over events that occurred decades ago. This dramatic change in the law has resulted in a wave of new litigation across New York state.’ The Child Victims Act has set aside the statute of limitations that previously governed child sexual abuse claims in New York, and in the process has “revived” thousands of potential claims. During a one-time window of opportunity, victims of child sexual abuse who are now well into adulthood are able to pursue lawsuits over events that occurred decades ago. This dramatic change in the law has resulted in a wave of new litigation across the state — in fact, the New York state court system has implemented new rules to handle the flood of revived cases that have hit the courts since the revival window opened in August 2019. The vast majority of the “revived” lawsuits seek to recover financial damages not only from the individual alleged abuser, but from the businesses and entities that employed or supervised that individual. Claims against businesses are made under legal theories such

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