Insurance Coverage Issues Raised by Child Sexual Abuse Claims

McDermott Will & Emery

Recent child sexual abuse scandals will produce difficult civil litigation against employers and other entities associated with alleged perpetrators of abuse and fuel legislative efforts to relax states’ statutes of limitations for abuse claims. This newsletter highlights insurance coverage issues defendants and their insurers should consider.

Recent, highly publicized child sexual abuse scandals have begun to spur civil litigation against entities charged with protecting children. The scandals also are likely to re-energize efforts to amend state statutes of limitation making it easier for victims of decades-old abuse to commence litigation, as clergy abuse cases did over the past decade. Due to the extensive publicity and public outcry these scandals generate, revelations of more abuse, legislative initiatives and civil litigation likely will continue.

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