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New York’s Adult Survivors Act may not be the limit for historical abuse suits
12/01/2023
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John VDLD
John van der Luit-Drummond, Editor

While the expected deluge of previously time-barred sexual abuse claims has yet to materialise, New York state employers should not dismiss the risks posed by the Adult Survivors Act (ASA). Moreover, it may kick-start a trend of similar legislation nationwide.

In 2019, New York extended its statute of limitations to 20 years for adults filing civil lawsuits for a select number of sex crimes. However, that legislation, along with similar laws passed by other states, only affected new cases and was not retroactive.