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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet has agreed to pay $4,137,500 to resolve the claims of fourteen (14) men who were the victims of abuse by priests of the Diocese from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. The men are represented by the Chicago-based law firm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, PC., and the Seattle-based firm of Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC.
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Seven men have come forward and brought new suits against the Chicago Presbyterian Church, the Archdiocese of Chicago and related organizations due to the harm caused by the sexual abuse they endured at the hands of Presbyterian minister Douglas Mason of Chicago. Mason was previously accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1990s. Four of those plaintiffs settled for a confidential amount, believed to be $11 million. Read more to see the documents.Read More ->
The attorneys on this website represent survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We have experience prosecuting civil claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, the Mormon Church, and many other powerful institutions that allowed children to be sexually abused. If you or someone you love was sexually abused, please contact us to learn your options.Read More ->
Files were released today on 9 priests in the Diocese of Joliet who have had substantiated claims of child sexual abuse. Click here to view the Diocese’s files on the following priests: Fr. James Burnett, Fr. Philip Dedera, Fr. Michael Gibbney, Fr. Lawrence Gibbs, Fr. Carroll Howlin, Fr. Fred Lenczynski, Fr. Lawrence Mullins, Fr. Anthony Ross, and Fr. William Virtue.Read More ->
Today our attorneys filed three new claims against the Archdiocese of Chicago on behalf of three men who survived abuse by Father Norbert Maday. Notably, two of the men were also abused by former Scout leader Thomas Hacker on church retreats with Maday. Click here to read more about the new cases.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 ->