January 02, 2006

On The Cheap

The Day

Published on 1/2/2006

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is trying to settle a suit by alleged sex abuse victims on the cheap. The archdiocese, which has been hobbled financially since settling another sex-abuse suit in 2003, is offering the plaintiffs about half as much money as it paid the litigants in the earlier case.

In settling the 2003 case, the archdiocese distributed $85 million to 554 alleged victims, or a median of $155,000. Now, according to the litigants' lawyers, the archdiocese has offered to settle the case with 100 plaintiffs for $7.5 million. That would amount to a median settlement of $75,000.

Posted by kshaw at January 2, 2006 08:04 AM