November 27, 2005

Covington Abuse Case Has Maximum of 373 Claimants


BURLINGTON - There are more than 370 potential plaintiffs in a class-action sex abuse lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, attorneys said Monday, but that number may drop before a settlement is finalized.

Among the 373 preliminary claims filed by Sunday's deadline, some are from people who previously settled, while others are from people who were allegedly abused at churches in other dioceses, attorneys said.

"For example, we got one from a man who was out of state," said Bob Steinberg, an attorney representing the plaintiffs. "Obviously, he won't be eligible."

The figure was released during a short hearing in the case Monday in Boone County Circuit Court in Burlington. It was the first time a rough number of possible plaintiffs had been attached to the case.

Posted by kshaw at November 27, 2005 06:15 AM