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Massachusetts Court Denies Charitable Immunity, Allows Abuse Case Against Diocese

A lawsuit brought by a former altar boy who alleges he was sexually abused as a child in the 1960s by a now-deceased Roman Catholic bishop and other clergy can proceed, the highest court in Massachusetts said in a decision …

Rochester Diocese, Insurers Plan for January Hearing on $147M Sexual Abuse Settlement

Insurers and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester have agreed on a schedule for discovery and a bankruptcy court trial regarding a proposed $147 million settlement to cover sex abuse claims against the church. The proposed settlement was reached after …

Rochester Diocese Offers $147M to Settle Sexual Abuse Claims

The Diocese of Rochester, New York, and its insurers have submitted a proposal to bankruptcy court to settle 471 sexual abuse claims against them for $147 million. The settlement includes $107,750,000 from insurers and $40,500,000 from the Catholic diocese and …

New Jersey Diocese Reaches $87.5M Settlement with Sex Abuse Claimants

The Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, and the committee representing about 300 survivors of clergy sexual abuse have reached an $87.5 million settlement that will establish a trust to compensate the survivors. The trust will be funded by the …

Church Victims Push Nebraska Lawmakers to Expand Lawsuit Window

Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent. The …

Georgia Jury Awards $500K to Woman Who Sued Over Sexual Abuse by Pastor

A Georgia jury has awarded $500,000 to a woman who sued her former pastor, alleging that he had sexually abused her for years, starting when she was 15 years old. Jurors in Columbus found that Lewis Clemons, who led the …

North Carolina Diocese Faces 2 Suits Over Alleged Priest Abuse

Two lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte claiming two boys were sexually abused in separate instances by the two priests they sought out for help with personal problems decades ago. One of the lawsuits filed Monday …

Rhode Island AG Gains Access to Nearly 70 Years of Records from Diocese of Providence

As part of an ongoing review of allegations of clergy child sexual abuse within the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bishop of Providence that will …

West Virginia AG Files Amended Suit Against State Catholic Diocese Over Abuse

West Virginia’s Roman Catholic diocese failed to publicly disclose decade-old allegations of sexual abuse of a student involving a Catholic school teacher, the state’s attorney general said May 21. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced an amended lawsuit against the Diocese …

Minnesota Clergy Abuse Victims to Sue Vatican, Seek Abusers’ Names

Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of predator priests they claim have been kept secret by the …