Were you or a family member sexually abused as a child in Maryland? Did you receive a mail about a class action on the settlement to resolve claims that Maryland’s governor signed a law that will remove time limitations regarding sexual abuse lawsuits and that victims of sexual abuse victims may sue abusers and organizations at any time? This review will help you partake in the class action settlement after confirming the authenticity of the mail.
What Is Maryland Sexual Abuse Class Action Settlement?
Maryland’s state government approved a new law in April 2023 that removes time limitations regarding sexual abuse against children. The new law means that lawsuits can be filed at any age and any time against abusers and organizations.
The ruling came the same day the Maryland Attorney General released a report that showed pervasive abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The new law, in conjunction with the new report, makes it possible for hundreds of previously ineligible victims to seek justice and compensation for abuse that occurred decades ago within the church.
What Is This Class Action All About?
Lawmakers in Maryland for several years had tried to remove statutory limitations regarding the filing of child sexual abuse lawsuits. Lawmakers had had some success in getting the age limit pushed back to 38 years old, but state lawmakers such as C.T. Wilson had continued to push to remove all limitations. Those attempts had often passed in the state House, but stalled in the Senate.
Finally, lawmakers were able to gather support in both houses.
“I just want these people to understand that you are heard [and] you’re not alone,” Wilson said, according to marylandmatters.org.
“For the individuals in this body, in the State House, your staff that reached out to me over the years — dozens and dozens — and told me their story, shared with me something they won’t share with anybody else: This is hope.”
According to the marylandmatters website, the bill also caps liability at $890,000 for public entities and increases the liability limit to $1.5 million for claims against private institutions for damages such as pain and suffering. The law also removes the cap for economic damages for costs of services such as therapy or medical treatment.
Who Is Eligible?
The settlement benefits all class members who are residents of Pennsylvania and have been abused by a leader or member of a religious organization.
How To Be Part of This Settlement
For a class member to partake in this settlement, they must submit their Valid claim on the settlement website.
What Is The Pay For This Settlement?
The pay for this settlement varies and the proof of purchase is not necessary.
As you submit your claim to the settlement website, just like SiriusXM’s class action settlement we have reviewed , you’re doing so under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim.