New! Bid to Sue Albany Diocese in Vermont Fails

By Mark Hamblett
New York Law Journal
February 7, 2014

A plaintiff who alleged he was sexually abused by a priest failed in his bid to bring sexual abuse allegations in Vermont against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Taking the rare step of issuing a writ of mandamus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the fact that the diocese holds occasional worship services over the border from New York fell far short of giving a federal court jurisdiction over the case.

The Second Circuit ordered U.S. District Judge William Sessions to dismiss the case of Shovah v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York, 13-4736-cv, where allegations against the diocese in New York were defeated by the statute of limitations.


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