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Sex Abuse Cases Push Harrisburg Catholic Diocese into Bankruptcy

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, facing sex abuse claims it says it may not be able to pay, filed for bankruptcy protection, citing changing laws and an increasing number of victims. The church “has struggled to remain financially viable …

Sex Abuse Claims Drive Boy Scouts of America to Bankruptcy

The Boy Scouts of America sought bankruptcy protection to cope with a rising tide of claims tied to sexual abuse of children in its ranks. The group filed in Delaware early Tuesday under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, …

Travelers Sets Aside ‘Modest’ Funds for Child Sex-Abuse Claims

Travelers Companies Inc has set aside a “modest” amount of additional money to cover its possible exposure to child sex-abuse claims, the insurer’s finance chief, Daniel Frey, told analysts during an earnings call on Thursday. Two analysts asked about Travelers’ …

California Bill Would Require Clergy to Report Abuse Disclosed in Confessions

A California lawmaker said this week that the state should require clergy members to report suspected child abuse or neglect even if they learn of it during confession. Clergy members are among a list of more than 40 “mandated reporters,” …

California Lawsuit Against Boy Scouts Could Reveal Sex Abuse Claims

A sex abuse case claiming negligence against the Boy Scouts is getting underway in California and will include the use of previously undisclosed information from “perversion” files kept by the organization. The lawsuit was filed by a man who is …

Attorney Wants Insurance Records From New Mexico Franciscan Friars

An attorney for victims who claim they were sexually abused by priests in the Diocese of Gallup in New Mexico wants insurance and financial records from the Franciscan Friars, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Claimants attorney James Stang filed motions asking …

Milwaukee Archdiocese Owes Millions in Legal Fees

Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills? The church says yes, but attorneys for those owed money by the archdiocese say no – and they want to get paid. Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley was to …

Hollywood Movie Executives Accused of Sex Abuse

A man who has accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen sued three more entertainment industry figures Monday, claiming they also molested him. The allegations in the latest lawsuits filed by Michael Egan …

Vermont Sex Abuse Victim Awarded $35M

A Vermont jury has award the victim of a sexual abuse $35 million. A Vermont civil court jury on Friday returned the judgment against Scott Isaacson, of Hyannis, Mass., after finding he abused the now 24-year-old woman during trips to …

California Archdiocese Settles 2 Abuse Suits for $3.8M

A Southern California diocese has paid $3.8 million to settle two child abuse lawsuits brought against a former Catholic priest. The Diocese of San Bernardino announced Sunday that payments settling the two civil cases involving Alejandro Castillo came from a …