January 22, 2005

Talks proceeding in class-action case against Covington Diocese


Associated Press

COVINGTON, Ky. - The lead attorney in a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against the Diocese of Covington said after a private meeting with the diocese that an upcoming trial could be delayed by ongoing negotiations.

Stan Chesley, the lead attorney for plaintiffs suing over the diocese's alleged cover-up of sexual abuse, said he was pleased with the progress after the two-hour meeting.

"There are many, many things that need to be done, and we are cautiously optimistic," Chesley said.

Chesley would not offer details about the Wednesday talks with Special Judge John Potter. A court hearing scheduled for the same day was postponed until March. Lawyers for the diocese had no comment.

A trial is scheduled for April 11, but Chesley said it could be delayed because of negotiations.

Posted by kshaw at January 22, 2005 07:41 AM