January 06, 2005

Law firm readies sex-abuse suits

The Washington Times

By Julia Duin

A Washington law firm that demanded a year ago today the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington settle accounts relating to clergy sexual abuse hopes to file claims within the next few months on behalf of 20 victims.
But Kevin Baine, a lawyer with Williams & Connolly, the D.C. firm representing the archdiocese, questions the claims of lawyers for Greenberg-Traurig, which is representing the potential plaintiffs.
"So far, they've produced nothing relating to any priest of the archdiocese," he said. "If they come forward with a series of demands, we will address them."
Plus, "there is no evidence that any active priest of the archdiocese has ever been involved in sexual abuse," he added, "and there are not at this point proceedings or negotiations relating to any claims of abuse" by archdiocesan priests.

Posted by kshaw at January 6, 2005 07:16 AM