2015 August

Aug 31, 2015: Judge Orders Diocese of Crookston to Produce Secret Clergy Abuse Records for First Time

Mahnomen County District Court Judge Kurt J. Marben has ordered the Diocese of Crookston – a Defendant in the Doe 19 clergy sexual abuse lawsuit – to produce all records pertaining to sexual abuse reported to have been committed by any priest before 1985. The secret documents will be produced to Doe 19 under seal as a result of a protective order previously obtained by the Defendants in the lawsuit. The documents will provide a clearer picture of the Dioc…

Aug 31, 2015: First Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Under Child Victims Act Starts October 19 Against Diocese of Duluth

The first civil trial regarding clergy sexual abuse of a minor under the Minnesota Child Victims Act will begin in the Doe 30 case on October 19, 2015, in Ramsey County District Court. The Diocese of Duluth is the defendant. An order issued by Ramsey County District Court Judge John Guthmann denied the Diocese of Duluth’s attempt to be dismissed as a party in the…

Aug 26, 2015: News Release: Diocese of Duluth Ordered to Produce Clergy Sexual Abuse Records

Judge Orders Diocese of Duluth to Produce All Recordson Child Sexual Abuse by Clergy from 1956-74 Judge Floerke’s Order in Doe 28 Case isBig Step Toward Diocese Accountability, Transparency    (St. Paul, MN) – St. Louis County District Court Shaun R. Floerke has ordered the Diocese of Duluth, the Defendant in the Doe 28 clergy sexual abuse lawsuit, to produce all records pertaining to sexual abuse reported to have been committed by any priest from 1956 to 1974. The secret documents will be produced to Doe 28 under seal as a result of a protective order previously obtained by …

Aug 24, 2015: Two survivors file lawsuits naming Diocese of St. Cloud for sexual abuse by Fr. Donald Rider

The settlement the Archdiocese reached with the Creditors’ Committee on July 17 incorporated a claims classification review process that was and is still ongoing.  When the mediation settlement was reached, it included descriptions of different claims classifications for the various claims filed in the Chapter 11 proceeding.  The settlement allowed for a protocol for the Committee and lawyers for individual claimants to review the initial classification of any…

Aug 04, 2015: Archdiocese of Milwaukee Settles Bankruptcy Case for $21 million

Archdiocese fails to treat survivors fairly in long, drawn-out legal battle
(Milwaukee, WI) – Today the Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced a $21 million settlement to compensate clergy sexual abuse survivors. The settlement comes after four and a half years of drawn-out, painful legal battles resulting in millions of dollars in legal fees to bankruptcy attorneys. The Archdiocese objected to all 575 sexual abuse claims filed in bankruptcy court and attempted to have hundreds of the claims thrown out of court before the November, 2015, plan of reorganization hearing. As a result, the creditors’…