2019 May

May 13, 2019: Clergy Abuse Survivors Sue Vatican, Seek Release of 3,400 Perpetrator Names

Our law firm is launching a bold action against the Vatican designed to disclose and disgorge all the names of all the offenders that only they know – thousands of offenders and the histories behind them, including offenders who are involved in cover-up and are still at large, such as Archbishop John Nienstedt, Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Apuron and other top officials.  It is also on behalf of five courageous survivors, three of whom have never been public because they were abused by Curtis Wehmeyer and concealed by Archbishop Nienstedt, who is still at large and given license to cont…

May 02, 2019: California Bishops Seek to Overturn Court’s Ruling Granting Abuse Survivor’s Right to Proceed with Nuisance Case

(Los Angeles, CA) – Notices of Appeal have been filed by Defendants The California Catholic Conference, Inc., The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, and The Roman Catholic Bishop of San Diego seeking to overturn Honorable Michelle Williams Court’s April 17, 2019 order allowing a sexual abuse survivor’s nuisance lawsuit to proceed. This attempt to stifle the courageous action brought by Tom Emens, on behalf of children and survivors of abuse across the State, to eliminate the ongoing harm and threat of childhood sexual abuse by clerics is a blatant attempt to silence survivors and keep …

May 01, 2019: Settlement Reached in Diocese of Duluth Bankruptcy Case

(Duluth, MN) – A settlement has been reached in the Diocese of Duluth bankruptcy case, which involves 125 claimants who were sexually abused as children by clergy and others in the Diocese.The Diocese and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (“Creditors Committee”), comprised of clergy sexual abuse survivors, have reached an agreement in principle toward a resolution of the bankruptcy. The settlement calls for payment of approximately $40 million to the 125 sexual abuse claimants. The Diocese will also be required to release secret files on 37 priests it has classified as credibly…