No. 90.

39 N.Y.3d 166 (2022)

205 N.E.3d 393

184 N.Y.S.3d 673

2022 NY Slip Op 06632

WILLIAM D. MALDOVAN, Public Administrator, as Administrator of the Estate of LAURA CUMMINGS, Deceased, Appellant, v. COUNTY OF ERIE et al., Respondents.

Court of Appeals of New York.

Decided November 22, 2022.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Connors LLP, Buffalo ( John T. Loss , Terrence M. Connors and Andrew M. Debbins of counsel), for appellant.

Walsh Roberts & Grace, LLP, Buffalo ( Robert P. Goodwin of counsel), and Michael A. Siragusa , County Attorney, Buffalo ( Jeremy C. Toth of counsel), for respondents.

Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix , Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, New York City ( Kate Fletcher , Richard Dearing and Elina Druker of counsel), for City of New York, amicus curiae.


Plaintiff alleges that failures on the part of various government agencies, including two providing social services, caused grievous harm in this tragic case. Despite the heartbreaking events involved, in which the victim's mother and brother, now serving lengthy prison terms for their actions, sexually...

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