February 15, 2006

Corporate exec, retired judge to award settlement money

Cincinnati Post

By Paul A. Long
Post staff reporter

A top Cincinnati corporate executive and a retired federal judge will determine how much money each victim of priestly sexual abuse will receive in the $85 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against the Diocese of Covington.

During a hearing Tuesday in Boone Circuit Court, lawyers for both sides announced that William Burleigh, chairman of the board of the E.W. Scripps Co., which owns The Post, and Thomas D. Lambros of Ashtabula, Ohio, former chief judge in the Northern District of Ohio, will be the special masters of the settlement fund.

In that role, the pair will meet with those who filed claims, determine the validity of each claim, and award the victim a cash settlement in accordance with the settlement outline.

"My role is to do my part to try to bring equity and fairness to the final disposition of this case, and to help heal this awful wound," Burleigh said.

Posted by kshaw at February 15, 2006 10:44 AM