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Influenced by horrific widely publicized incidents of sexual abuse, such as the ongoing Catholic Church scandal, and Larry Nasser’s widespread abuse of gymnasts, many states are revisiting how sexual abuse claims are handled in court.  New York’s recently enacted Child Victims Act is a prime example.   This Child Victims Act revives claims for childhood sexual abuse or molestation that might otherwise be barred by statutes of limitation.  Among other things, the Act creates a one-year window for claimants to file claims against their alleged abusers.  That window for claims just opened, on August 14, 2019, and closes on August 14, 2020. Pretty much any organization that works with children may be subject to liability.

Although insurance typically covers revived sexual abuse claims under the NY Child Victims Act and similar laws, insurance carriers don’t always see it this way.  This discussion outlines the most important things that defense counsel, and anyone else dealing with sexual abuse claims, need to know in order to secure coverage. 

Please join Mark E. Miller, founding partner of Miller Friel, PLLC, as he addresses insurance implications of sexual abuse claims, including:

  • The kinds of policies that cover sexual abuse claims;
  • Providing notice;
  • Dealing with insurer information requests;
  • Addressing so-called defenses to coverage; and
  • Settling claims with insurance carrier money.



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