July 20, 2005

Judge OKs fund for molestation victims

Cincinnati Enquirer

By Jim Hannah
Enquirer staff writer

COVINGTON – The judge presiding over the nation’s only class-action suit alleging sexual abuse by priests gave yet another nod to a proposed settlement.

This time Special Judge John Potter of Louisville put his approval of the agreement in writing.

It was what the Covington Diocese and lawyers for sexual abuse victims were waiting for before they begin the process to compensate victims.

Starting Friday, an advertisement announcing the much-touted settlement plan will be published in USA Today. That advertisement will be followed with the same announcement in newspapers across Kentucky, including the Kentucky Enquirer.

There will be additional radio and television spots.

The advertising blitz is to inform potential victims of the settlement fund. Anyone choosing to submit a claim to the fund will be required to submit a confidential form by Nov. 10.

Objections to the compensation fund must be submitted to the court in writing by Dec. 19.

Posted by kshaw at July 20, 2005 06:31 PM