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A new lawsuit is filed Thursday against the Chicago Archdiocese, on behalf of three people who say they were sexually abused as children by a now-defrocked priest.  The lawsuit comes in the wake of this week’s release of documents involving 30 accused priests.

One of the alleged victims say this week’s events made him angry and compelled him to talk after suffering for 40 years, abusing drugs, alcohol and depression.  He hasn’t been back in a Catholic church since he was 11-years-old.

The lawsuit is being filed by three plaintiffs who say they were sexually abused as children by now-defrocked priest Norbert Maday; two of the three were also abused by Thomas Hacker.

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Three plaintiffs filed suit today against the Archdiocese of Chicago and one of its former priests, Norbert Maday, for incidents of sexual abuse which took place when Maday was assigned to St. Leo Catholic Church in Chicago, and later, to St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church in Oak Lawn.

The suit also names convicted pedophile Thomas Hacker, who while working at St. Louis de Montfort Parish in Oak Lawn at the same time as Maday, also sexually assaulted two of the plaintiffs. The incidents took place in the timeframe of 1967 to ’73, when the boys’ ages ranged from nine to fourteen. The case was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County by the Chicago-based law firm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C., P.C.

The sixteen-count complaint accuses Maday and Hacker of numerous instances of sexual abuse and battery, and the Archdiocese of Chicago of breaching its duty to protect the children in its care. The Archdiocese is also accused of fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment for failing to disclose what it knew or should have known about pedophile priests and school employees in the Archdiocese, and about Fr. Maday and Thomas Hacker in particular.

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USA TODAY

A paper trail of sexual misconduct involving 30 priests and the Archdiocese of Chicago's slow and clumsy handling of the cases is revealed in thousands of pages of documents released online Tuesday.

Lawyer Chris Hurley, whose firm represents more than a dozen people pressing abuse suits against the archdiocese, said accusations against the priests were well known before the documents' release.

"What the archdiocese had not let us know about is how much they knew all along," Hurley said.

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CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN, DECEMBER 4, 2013

A Chicago jury has awarded $4.7 million to the family of a 49 year old woman who died at St. James Hospital in suburban Chicago after she suffered a severe asthma attack.  The case alleged emergency room errors and wrongful death in a 2 week-long medical malpractice trial.

The patient arrived in the emergency room in respiratory distress which is an emergency condition requiring immediate treatment.  It took emergency room doctors more that 26 minutes to secure the patient's airway.  By then she went into cardaic arrest and suffered brain death.

Brian J. HolmesHurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian J. Holmes as an associate attorney with the firm.  Mr. Holmes joined the firm as a law clerk during his second year of law school.  He continued to work at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. throughout law school and was hired as an associate upon graduation.

As a law clerk, Mr. Holmes gained valuable experience working closely with the attorneys on all aspects of the firm’s cases.  Mr. Holmes focuses his practice on all types of personal injury cases including nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, product liability, and construction accidents.

Mr. Holmes earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law, where he was named to the Dean’s List and received the CALI Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation Strategy.   He was admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois on October 31, 2013 and immediately began practicing at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C..

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