April 03, 2005

Preparing for launch

Baltimore Sun


The pre-trial hearing in what might be the nation's first class action lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over clerical sexual abuse is scheduled to begin in Burlington, Ky. Steve Rubino, a New Jersey lawyer who has represented hundreds of victims of clerical sex abuse, said he believes the Burlington case is the first in the nation where a molestation lawsuit against a diocese is being permitted to go forward as a class action. The diocese spans 14 counties and includes 89,000 parishioners, many of them in the Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati. The two sides are expected to ask that the trial date be moved again while mediation goes on.

Posted by kshaw at April 3, 2005 04:03 AM