New York recently enacted the Child Victims Act, extending the limitations period to age fifty-five for victims to bring claims of childhood sexual abuse against their abusers, as well as institutions. Child sex abuse survivors now have one year from August 14, 2019 to bring civil claims in New York. Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed against major institutions such as the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America, signaling a potential wave of policyholder lawsuits against insurers seeking coverage and payment of defense costs.
McKool Smith Principals Robin Cohen and Lauren Varnado recently published an article in the New York Law Journal titled “Insurance Coverage in the Wake of the New York Child Victims Act and Sex Abuse Lawsuits” to provide an overview of key considerations and best practices to maximize coverage in sexual abuse cases. Click here to access the article.