Media Advisory: First Ever Public Nuisance Claims Made in Lawsuits Against the Boy Scouts of America

Two New Lawsuits Include First-Ever Public Nuisance Claims Against the Boy Scouts of America

Former Boy Scouts to Speak About Sexual Abuse By Scout Leaders Leland Opalinski and Richard Swendiman and Why They Are Going Public

(St. Paul, MN) – At a news conference Thursday in St. Paul, sexual abuse attorney Jeff Anderson will:
  • Announce the filing of two lawsuits involving the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation d/b/a The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) under the Child Victims Act. The suits, filed on behalf of two former Boy Scouts, name BSA and Northern Star Council f/k/a Indianhead Council as defendants.
  • Introduce the two survivors, who have courageously decided to speak publicly for the first time Thursday about the child sexual abuse they suffered as Boy Scouts.
  • One of the plaintiffs was abused by former scout leader and convicted child molester Leland Opalinski while a member of Troop 12 in St. Paul. The other was abused by former scout leader Richard Swendiman while a member of Troop 216 in St. Paul.
  • Discuss the lawsuits, which include the first-ever public nuisance claims against BSA to seek to abate the hazard caused by dangerous practices in the BSA at the top executive level. The lawsuits allege that the sexual abuse of the plaintiffs resulted from the Boy Scouts of America’s negligence and concealment of Ineligible Volunteer (IV) files, also known as Perversion Files, and BSA’s failure to warn the public, parents and participants about the prevalence of pedophiles in Scouting. The groundbreaking nuisance claims seek public release of the names and Perversion Files of all BSA adult volunteers, employees and agents accused of child molestation.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

Jeff Anderson and Associates, P.A.
366 Jackson Street, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55101

Opalinski and Swendiman’s IV Files will be available online and we will live-stream the press event from our website.