Chemung County to vote on settlement of lawsuit regarding woman who died in jail
March 13, 2023
The Chemung County Legislature will vote on whether to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against the county regarding a woman who took her own life in the county jail in 2019.
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Lawsuit filed over stolen lewd photographs, toxic environment at local architecture firm
The Ithaca Voice
April 20, 2023
Two former employees have filed a $4 million lawsuit against HOLT Architects (Holt), a revered firm with fingerprints throughout central New York. Sarah Hourihan and Whitney Van Houten are seeking damages from the company, alleging a male employee of the firm sexually harassed them by illegally obtaining lewd images of them from their personal electronic devices and that the company inadequately investigated and responded to the incident.
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Tompkins County man wins $5 million in Child Victims Act case
The Ithaca Voice
February 6, 2023
A Tompkins County man has been awarded a multi-million dollar judgment as part of a civil lawsuit over sexual abuse he suffered in the late 1970s at the hands of a relative.
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Child Victims Act helps Broome County man get closure 45 years later
My Twin Tiers
December 16, 2022
At the age of 5, Jeffrey Moat was sexually abused by his uncle. The abuse ruined his childhood, leading him down a path of substance abuse. At 15 years old, Jeffrey began drinking and using marijuana, a few years later he turned to more dangerous substances.
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Dustin Drake found not guilty on all counts in 2019 fatal crash
My Twin Tiers
February 8, 2023
Dustin Drake, the man charged in a DWI crash that killed 4 people in 2019, has been found not guilty on all counts, including aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and aggravated DWI.
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On Law Day this Monday, local lawyers will host a free legal services forum
April 30, 2023
Monday, May 1st is National Law Day, and the Tompkins County Bar Association is hosting a free event at the Borg Warner Room at the Tompkins County Public Library and via Zoom to help community members “better understand the free legal services that are available in Tompkins County,” according to TCBA president Jacob McNamara.
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Court denies appeal by Elmira Schools in disabled student rape case
My Twin Tiers
October 27, 2022
An appellate court has denied the appeal of the Elmira City School District in a student rape case, deciding that two alleged prior rapes of the student should remain part of the case.
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Elmira School District sued over alleged rape of student with developmental disabilities
Star Gazette
February 7, 2022
The Elmira City School District faces a lawsuit after family members claim a student with developmental disabilities was raped on multiple occasions by another student on the Elmira High School campus, and eventually became pregnant.
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Lawsuit claims disabled Elmira High School student raped, impregnated on school grounds
Pix 11 News
January 27, 2022
The grandparents of an Elmira High School student have claimed their developmentally disabled granddaughter was raped and impregnated on school property in a lawsuit filed last year, according to court records obtained by 18 News on Thursday.
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Former Horseheads Red Lobster GM speaks out amid race, sex discrimination lawsuit
Binghamton Homepage
October 22, 2021
Miquelle Fountain says she was subjected to years of “discriminatory conduct through racist and sexist harassment” while employed at Red Lobster. Now, she’s speaking out exclusively with 18 News about the conduct she endured working for the restaurant chain, including at their Horseheads location.
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Gov. Cuomo could still face criminal, and/or civil charges
August 10, 2021
"As it stands now with what we know, he is being investigated by the Albany County district Attorney's office, along with other district attorney's offices across the state from what we are aware of," says Aubrey Hetznecker, Associate Attorney at Ithaca-based law firm Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP.
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Fayette resident files civil lawsuit in Seneca County against Cayuga Nation Police’s superintendent, Pathfinder Solutions company
February 26, 2021
“If Clint Halftown wants to put these people under his umbrella and claim that this represents the Cayuga Indian Nation, that’s incredibly sad.” Charles Bowman, a Fayette resident, who suffered a brutal beatdown at the hands of Cayuga Nation Police officers around this time last year, has finally filed a civil lawsuit in Seneca County’s Supreme Court of the State of New York on Thursday, Feb. 25.
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Survivors Speak Out After Decades of Silence, Child Victims Act Drawing to a Close
July 29, 2021
Over 6,400 people so far filed claims against their abusers under New York States Child Victims Act, which allows people who were sexually abused as children to file a civil suit against their abuser or organization, regardless of how long it has been since the abuse took place.
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Tompkins County police officer arrested for perjury connected to 2019 rape trial
Ithaca Voice
February 6, 2021
“While we are still gathering information on this charge, it raises serious questions about the legitimacy of the defense presented during the criminal trial,” said Aubrey Hetznecker of Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk. “This perjury charge also highlights the vulnerabilities survivors of sexual assault face in the criminal justice system. Our client is eager to pursue her civil suit and hold the perpetrators accountable.”
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