Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Claims: Will SOL Windows or BSA Bankruptcy Help?

Boy Scouts sex abuse is in the news. Hundreds of men hoping to sue the Boy Scouts of America over alleged sexual abuse are coming forward for the first time. They are coming forward now, as adults, because the Boy Scouts have been talking about filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy does mean the Boy Scouts would […]

Ashley Vaughn Awarded Public Justice Award

Dumas & Vaughn partner Ashley Vaughn was recently awarded the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.  This prestigious award is only awarded once a year.  Ashley received the award as one of a group of four female attorneys who represented women who had been sexually harassed at the Oregon […]

Boy Scouts’ Own Expert Estimates 12,254 Boy Sexually Abused in Scouting: More Likely Over 100,000

The Boy Scouts’ own files on child molesters are in the news again. An expert witness hired by the Boy Scouts of America calculated that 12,254 boys were abused in Scouting programs. The abusers were 7,819 troop leaders and other Scout volunteers, all documented in BSA’s “Ineligible Volunteer” files. These are files BSA kept since […]

Idaho Boy Scout Trial Slated for May 6th

In sex abuse cases against trusted organizations like churches or the Boy Scouts, their internal documents are always key to success.  These documents show the institutional practices, conduct, and secrets – and can show the level of fault the organization should bear for the abuse. The importance of internal documents was made particularly clear in […]

Houston Chronicle Exposes Depth of Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse

The religious doctrines may be different, but It looks like the Southern Baptist Church has a Catholic-like problem with sexual abuse and assault. The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News published an in-depth investigation of Southern Baptist sexual misconduct across the country. Here are some of the troubling facts uncovered by the investigation: 250 […]

New Tougher Child Victim’s Act Passes, Governor to Sign into Law

After more than a decade of dashed hopes, the New York Child Victims Act has finally passed and is headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for signature. The new legislation will provide abuse survivors a one-year window in which to file a lawsuit against the institution that protected or employed the abuser. Going forward, victims […]

Boy Scouts Announce Plans to File for Bankruptcy Protection

Facing sex abuse lawsuits and a drop in membership, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they plan to file for bankruptcy protection in federal court. Also driving the decision are likely reforms of the statutes of limitations in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states that will allow victims of past sexual […]

Finding Justice for Victims of Sexual Abuse in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Like other religious organizations and institutions of trust, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a long and disappointing history of child sex abuse. In the United States, hundreds or more SDA children have been abused in SDA churches, schools, camps, and programs for teens and children, like Adventurers. So far, there has been no public disclosure of the […]

Archdiocese of Omaha Releases Names of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Archdiocese of Omaha is the latest Catholic organization to release a list of priests accused of sexual abuse. The list dates back to 1978 and names 38 church employees and volunteers, including 24 priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Fifteen of the clergy identified had not been previously named as child molesters. The Nebraska […]

Boy vs. Girl as Girl Scouts Sue the Boy Scouts

The Girl Scouts are fighting back! The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word “Boy” from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls. In the case filed in Manhattan federal court, the Girls Scouts claim […]

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