The Diocese of Joliet has released the names of priests and others who it believes have been the subject of “credible allegation(s) of sexual misconduct with minors made against them while serving in the Diocese of Joliet.” Please know that these lists are not complete, and in December 2018 the Illinois Attorney General issued a report claiming the Catholic Church in Illinois has withheld the names of more than 500 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children. Put simply, ...Read More ->
The Archdiocese of Chicago has released the names of priests and others who it believes have had “at least one substantiated allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor.” Please know that these lists are not complete, and in December 2018 the Illinois Attorney General issued a report claiming the Catholic Church in Illinois has withheld the names of more than 500 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children. Put simply, if you were sexually abused by a priest ...Read More ->
We represent more than a dozen men who were sexually abused in the 1980s by a Boy Scout leader named Thomas Hacker. After we filed suit on their behalf, the Boy Scouts moved to dismiss their claims and asserted the claims were barred by the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a law that requires people to file a lawsuit within a certain amount of time.
We responded to the Boy Scouts’ motion by arguing that our clients’ claims should ...Read More ->
The Illinois Attorney General released a scathing report this week that claims the Catholic Church in Illinois has withheld the names of more than 500 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors. We have represented more than 50 survivors of childhood sexual abuse who brought claims against the Catholic Church in Illinois, including the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a priest, please contact us ...Read More ->
The Archdiocese of Chicago has released “documents relating to the sexual misconduct of thirty priests of the Archdiocese.” We have made them available for you to read. Click here to read the files on each priest, including Fr. Norbert Maday, Fr. Kenneth Brigham, Fr. William O’Brien, Fr. Fr. Robert mayer, Fr. Henry Swider, Fr. John Curran, Fr. Raymond Skriba, Fr. William Cloutier, Fr. James Hagan, Fr. Joseph Fitzharris, Fr. Thomas Job, Fr. Robert Becker, Fr. ...Read More ->
In an open letter posted on the Archdiocese’s website, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the Archbishop of Chicago, announced he will be releasing “documents relating to the sexual misconduct of thirty priests of the Archdiocese.”
You can click the following link to read the entire letter: Chicago Archbishop Letter regarding abuse files
The Archdiocese has also disclosed the names of more than 60 priests who have “substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct with minors,” including their date of ordination, any action that has ...Read More ->
The Christian Brothers of Ireland, a Catholic religious order, has agreed to pay $16.5 million to settle the claims of more than 400 survivors of sexual and physical abuse. The order will also transfer ownership of various properties and certain insurance policies that may provide coverage of abuse claims.
In April 2011, two asset-holding corporations of the Christian Brothers, The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc., an Illinois corporation, and the Christian Brothers Institute, a New York corporation, filed for bankruptcy protection ...
The Illinois legislature today passed SB1399, which aims to substantially reform the statute of limitations in Illinois for civil claims based on childhood sexual abuse.
Although it must still be signed into law by Governor Patt Quinn, the bill would allow a lawsuit based on childhood sexual abuse to be commenced at any time so long as the claim would not have been barred under prior statutes of limitations ...Read More ->
Today we filed five new lawsuits against the Diocese of Joliet for sexual abuse that our clients suffered in the 1970s and 1980s. Below are links to news stories on the filings:
On April 26, 2013, our attorneys filed three separate lawsuits on behalf of 31 plaintiffs against the Congregation of Christian Brothers and its North American Province. Below is a summary of the claims. You can also read coverage of the filings by the Chicago Tribune.
In three separate complaints filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, our clients allege they were abused at either Leo High School or Brother Rice High School, in Chicago, or ...Read More ->