March 23, 2005

Judge orders diocese, plaintiffs back to table

Kentucky Post

By Paul A. Long
Post staff reporter

The judge overseeing the class-action lawsuit alleging the Diocese of Covington covered up a half-century of priestly sexual abuse has ordered both sides back to the bargaining table.

Special Judge John Potter on Tuesday told the diocese to bring representatives of both its insurance carriers to the next settlement negotiations. Both sides should have a "representative authorized to settle," he said.

Potter's comments at the end of a 90-minute hearing were the first indication that all may not be well with negotiations. The suit is being mediated by Kenneth Feinberg, the special master for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

Indeed, Potter noted, Feinberg hasn't been to any settlement conferences since the beginning of the year.

Posted by kshaw at March 23, 2005 05:48 PM