Our attorneys have helped reached a tentative settlement in the Christian Brothers bankruptcy. Under the proposed terms, the Christian Brothers will contribute $16.5 million and other assets into a settlement fund for abuse survivors. The settlement would only apply to the Christian Brothers in North America and allows abuse survivors to pursue claims against other entities, including the owners of school where the abuse happened. <<Read More>>
Hundreds of documents were released today regarding 15 priests of the Diocese of Joliet who have been accused of sexual misconduct with minors. Read about the release, including what it means for abuse survivors, by clicking here.
Update: The Diocese has updated its list of priests with “substantiated” or “credible” allegations of child abuse. The list now has 34 names, up from 22 in 2011.
Thomas Hacker abused dozens of Boy Scouts in the Chicago area while he was a Scout leader and volunteer. In December , we filed a lawsuit against Hacker, the Boy Scouts, and the Chicago Area Council on behalf of a man who was abused by Hacker in the mid-1980s. This week we filed a lawsuit against Hacker and the Burbank Park District, where Hacker worked with children in the 1980s. Read more about the cases by clicking here.
The Chicago Tribune wrote an extensive piece on the release of thousands of the “perversion files” of the Boy Scouts.
On Friday the Oak Lawn Patch wrote an article about abuse by the Congregation of Christian Brothers at schools in Illinois. The article links to evidence we have uncovered against the Christian Brothers over the past decade. Our sexual abuse attorneys Michael Pfau and Jason Amala are also quoted extensively about the bankruptcy of the Christian Brothers, including the upcoming bankruptcy deadlines for abuse survivors.