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February 2, 2020

Staten Island man, 72, files Child Victims Act suit over alleged 1960s abuse by Poly Prep teachers

For Brooklyn Poly Prep County Day School alum Richard Rubin, the typical 3 Rs of education came with a fourth: Rape. Rubin, now a genteel 72-year-old Staten Island resident, alleges in a newly-filed Child Victims Act lawsuit that he was sexually abused on a weekly basis between 1960-65 by a cabal of five predatory teachers at the prestigious school. Rubin was even taken to the apartment of the most aggressive instructor for one-on-one assaults, according to court papers.

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August 31, 2019

St. Francis Prep alums detail decades of alleged sexual abuse at prestigious Queens school after Child Victims Act opens doors for lawsuits

For the first time in 42 years, a retired city firefighter long devastated by his prestigious Catholic prep school principal’s alleged sexual abuse feels something other than despair. It’s hope. The former FDNY first responder, one of six St. Francis Preparatory School alumni to file August court papers under the Child Victims Act, is suddenly optimistic that a life of endless shame and horrific flashbacks can somehow get better.

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April 15, 2019

Consumer Product Safety Commission is politicized and buyers face safety risks

Last week, reports emerged of how a U.K.-based manufacturer called Britax avoided recalling a line of dangerous jogging strollers by politically gaming the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Even after countless incidents of product malfunctions that led to serious injuries, these strollers remain on the market, placing families and young children at risk.

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July 16, 2018

New Trial Bar Leader Fights Back as He Sees Patients, Consumers Facing Greater Odds

David Oddo, a name partner at Oddo & Babat, is taking the reins of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association just as the cards in his view have “become increasingly stacked” against patients and consumers.

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July 11, 2018

As Supreme Court shifts right, New Yorkers need protection, lawyer says

President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The potential replacement of the court’s moderating swing vote with a more staunchly conservative justice will have wide-ranging implications for New York’s workers and families, sparking fears of a rollback in critical protections and rights — particularly in light of recent decisions in favor of forced mandatory arbitration and the Trump administration’s travel ban.

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