May 24, 2005

Tentative agreements set on monetary range for clergy abuse claims


Victims of sexual abuse by clergy have agreed to settlements in as many as 30 claims that have been brought forward in the Catholic Diocese of Tucson's bankruptcy case, attorneys said during a court hearing Thursday.

Under the agreements negotiated by lawyers in the case, about 30 people who have filed abuse claims and are represented through a tort claimants committee have agreed to be placed in one of five tiers determining eventual monetary payouts.

The diocese has proposed tiers paying from $100,000 to $600,000 per claim, depending on a number of factors, but those figures could change.

Susan Boswell, the diocese's chief bankruptcy lawyer, said talks have essentially brought agreement, "certainly in principle," resolving at least some objections to the diocese's disclosure statement and an amended plan of reorganization.

Posted by kshaw at May 24, 2005 08:14 AM