Diocese of Joliet’s List of Credibly Accused Priests

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, ...

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Archdiocese of Chicago’s List of Credibly Accused Priests

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 ...

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Doe 2 v. Boy Scouts of America — New Case Law for Abuse Survivors

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 ...

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Attorney General Claims Catholic Church in Illinois Withheld Names of 500+ Priests

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 ...

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet Settles Claims of 14 Individuals Who Were Abused By Priests

CHICAGO, April 14, 2015 – 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.

Four of the men had previously filed suit in the Will County Circuit Court.  The ...

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Chicago Presbyterian Church

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.

In the new lawsuits, plaintiffs allege that Mason met, groomed and abused the boys ...

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Read the Archdiocese of Chicago Secret Files

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. ...

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