Judge Denies Consolidation Request in Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis Bankruptcy Case
Creditors Committee, Survivors to Appeal Decision
(Minneapolis, MN) – In an order issued today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota, Judge Robert J. Kressel denied a motion to consolidate assets in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis bankruptcy case.
On May 23, 2016, the creditors committee moved to consolidate several entities into the bankruptcy estate. Included in this motion was an outline of the complicated and deceptive legal maneuvers taken by the Archdiocese after the Minnesota Child Victims Act was passed in May 2013 to divert and shelter funds from sexual abuse survivors.
These deceptive actions taken by the Archdiocese to hide and shield assets include, among others, changing corporate documents, painting over cemetery signs, removing references to the Archdiocese the Catholic Cemeteries website, and creating new foundations to divert revenue.
“The Archdiocese hid assets that could and should be available to survivors the same way they hid sexual offenders and their misconduct for years,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson. “We won’t stand by while the Archdiocese uses bankruptcy to hide its assets and we will continue to fight against this injustice.”
Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.227.9990 Cell/612.817.8665
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