2011 February

Feb 28, 2011: A Defining Moment for Child Protection: Federal Judge Allows Alien Tort Case to Proceed

TheCA_central district court house.jpg U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an unprecedented opinion today allowing our client’s case using the Alien Tort Statute to go forward.  You can find the entire text of the opinion on our site.  In denying Defendant Cardinal Roger Mahony’s and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the Court permitted Plaintiff’s…

Feb 28, 2011: Groundbreaking Federal Court Decision: Catholic Church Officials Subject to Alien Tort Statute

In a groundbreaking decision, a Federal judge in California today denied a motion by attorneys for the Catholic Church to dismiss a lawsuit based on a unique international law against two Cardinals and a priest for their roles in the sexual abuse of a Mexican man as a boy in 1997, saying the plaintiff has sufficiently plead rape and sexual abuse of children as “…cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment” and crimes against humanity.

Feb 24, 2011: New Lawsuit Names Predator Priest Still In Ministry with the Salesians

Today, our firm and Anthony DeMarco, an attorney in Los Angeles, filed a suit on behalf of a courageous survivor who was abused as a young boy by a Salesian priest, Fr. Gerald Wertz, at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California.  You can find a copy of the lawsuit here.  Importantly, Fr. Gerald “Jerry” Wertz is still considered to be in ministry, and is residing in the Salesian Provincial House in San Francisco, adjacent to a high school with over 1,000 students.

Feb 17, 2011: Jeff Anderson’s legal team has questions about Milwaukee Archdiocese finances

In a recent blog post Archbishop Dolan is incorrect in claiming that we accused him of secretly “hiding” the assets referred to in his blog.  The fact is, we simply stated that we had questions about certain financial moves made by the Archdiocese. Indeed, what he did wasn’t hidden.  In fact, he and his financial advisors brazenly “moved” the assets out of the control of the Archdiocese in broad daylight—after the Wisconsin Supreme Court allowed some victims of clergy sexual abuse to sue the Archdiocese.  We think we have grounds to be suspicious…

Feb 14, 2011: New Case Filed in Philadelphia Alleging Conspiracy to Endanger Children

A case
filed today
in Philadelphia by our office, as well as attorneys Dan Monahan
and Marci Hamilton, is brought on behalf of a courageous survivor who was
sexually abused as a child.  The suit names ten defendants, including the
Archdiocese and Archdiocesan officials, alleging a conspiracy to endanger
children by actively concealing sexually abusive priests, and continuing the
priests in ministry despite known credible allegations of child abuse.

Feb 12, 2011: My 28-year battle against the paedophile priests

In 1983, Jeff Anderson was just another lawyer working in St Paul, Minnesota. Then, by chance, the 35-year-old’s career — and life — changed forever when a man walked into his office saying he had been abused by a priest.Soon after taking on the case, Anderson realised the problem was much greater than he had first imagined. It wasn’t just a paedophile priest who was culpable, but also senior bishops who had conspired to cover up the abuse. He promptly sued the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St Paul.The bishops responded with $1m to settle the matter out of court, but Anderson’s client…

Feb 12, 2011: Archdiocese Accused of Moving Funds

An attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse suggested Friday that the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee moved as much as $75 million off its books over
the last six years in an effort to shield it from sex abuse settlements
– allegations denied by the archdiocese.

Feb 11, 2011: New clergy abuse cases surface

Dozens of people have come forward since the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
filed for bankruptcy protection last month alleging they were sexually
abused by priests as children, attorneys for victims said Thursday.