April 26, 2005

Friday deadline set for abuse claims against archdiocese

The Oregonian

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Sexual-abuse plaintiffs and others who have claims against the Archdiocese of Portland have until 5 p.m. Friday to file claims paperwork or forever lose their opportunity.

The filing deadline is the next step in the archdiocese's nearly 10-month-old Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Mandatory mediation of abuse claims will begin Aug. 8.

The bankruptcy was triggered last summer, as sex-abuse lawsuits totaling $434 million in damages piled up against the archdiocese. The largest lawsuit, which asked for $135 million for abuse allegedly perpetrated by the late Rev. Maurice Grammond, was set for jury trial July 6, the day the church filed for protection from creditors.

Posted by kshaw at April 26, 2005 07:28 AM