California Assembly Bill 218 Extends Liability Timeline for Sexual Abuse Claims

On October 13, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218). AB 218, among other provisions, extends the liability timeline where sexual abuse and molestation (SAM) claims can be filed and makes public entities liable for triple damages if there is any evidence a claim was purposely concealed. AB 218 also expands the definition of sexual abuse to sexual assault and opens the door to retroactive claims that may be filed for the next three years. 

In preparation for the new law, which took effect on January 1, 2020, the Authority has compiled some helpful information, which can be found in an article on this topic in the Authority’s December newsletter. This information is designed to help members prepare for the expected surge in SAM claims.