[JURIST] The US Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland [diocesan website; diocesan website on clergy abuse]has settled child sex abuse lawsuits with about 150 people,court-appointed mediators US District Judge Michael Hogan and OregonCircuit Judge Lyle Velure announced[news release, PDF] Monday. They reported that "the vast majority ofthe known tort claims were settled...[and] the Archdiocese has agreedto pay...the few remaining unresolved known tort claims...and futuretort claims." The amount of the settlement was not disclosed, but Hogansaid the diocese had more than $50 million in assets of its own inwhich to cover the settlements. AP has more. The Seattle Times has additional coverage.
The Portland archdiocese, which filed for Chapter 11 [JURIST report; text,PDF] in 2004, was the first one to file for bankruptcy in the face ofcivil litigation over sex abuse claims. Since then, the dioceses ofTuscon, Spokane, and Davenport have also filed for Chapter 11protection in the wake of hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits [JURIST news archive] filed against the clergy. In June, a federal judge allowed[JURIST report] a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Portland archdioceseto continue, rejecting the Vatican's bid to dismiss the suit for lackof jurisdiction. The lawsuit, filed in 2002 [AP report] in the US District Court for the District of Oregon[official website], alleged that the Vatican, the Archdiocese ofPortland and the archbishop of Chicago conspired to protect a priest bytransferring him from city to city, even though the church knew he hada history of committing sexual abuse. Earlier this month, theArchdiocese of Los Angeles settled [JURIST report] 45 sexual abuse lawsuits for $60 million.
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