October 24, 2005

Abuse claimants refile class action

Cinncinati Enquirer

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - Several plaintiffs have again filed claims alleging they were sexually abused at Catholic orphanages and schools, in a second attempt to gain class-action status for their lawsuits.

The claims against the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville and its Catholic Charities agency have been filed in the past week.

A judge in Louisville rejected a similar appeal from the plaintiffs for class-action status last month. The Jefferson Circuit Judge, Denise Clayton, ruled that the plaintiffs' claims did not fit the criteria for a class-action suit.

"The plaintiffs have claims of varying degrees against several different alleged perpetrators that span from the 1930s to the 1970s," Clayton wrote in the Sept. 28 ruling.

Posted by kshaw at October 24, 2005 08:11 AM