Oregon has found itself at the center of an international story after a federal appellate court ruled that a former Portland man can sue the Vatican in a U.S. court over his alleged molestation as a teenager by a parish priest.
A federal Appeals Court says the Vatican can be sued for sexual abuse if it knowingly reassigns priests who have been accused of such acts in their previous parishes.
A Portland man can sue the Vatican in a United States court over his alleged molestation as a teenager by a parish priest, a federal appellate panel ruled Tuesday.
Friday's ruling throwing out limits on punitive damages came in a case in which a jury awarded a Greene County man $5,000 in compensatory damages in his sexual abuse lawsuit against a priest. Jurors also added $150,000 in punitive damages.