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Victims of sexual abuse experience a great deal of pain and emotional distress, and this suffering can affect them for the rest of their lives. While every instance of sex abuse is horrific, cases in which abusers were allowed to continue harming victims are especially troubling. Some of the most upsetting cases in recent memory have involved the abuse of children by troop leaders and volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America.

Multiple Boy Scout leaders have been found guilty of child sexual abuse, but one of the most upsetting aspects of these cases is that the Boy Scouts organization regularly failed to report pedophiles within its organization to law enforcement officials. Additionally, the Boy Scouts maintained a series of “Ineligible Volunteer” files documenting sexual abusers within its organization but never shared this information with parents or scouts. As a result, the Boy Scouts of America is reportedly considering filing for bankruptcy due to the large number of sex abuse lawsuits against the organization.

If you have suffered abuse at the hands of a Boy Scout leader or volunteer, our personal injury attorneys can help you consider your options for filing a civil lawsuit for money damages against the organization, including addressing how a bankruptcy filing will affect your case. Contact Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. at 312-553-4900 to arrange a free consultation.

The Importance of Filing a Claim Quickly if the Boy Scouts Declare Bankruptcy

The Boy Scouts of America may file for bankruptcy if its liabilities from sexual abuse claims exceed its existing assets. If the organization chooses to declare bankruptcy, creditors (including those seeking monetary damages in a personal injury lawsuit) will only have a limited time in which to file a claim. Depending on the state, the timeframe could be as little as 90 days after the BSA files for bankruptcy. If you have been a victim of abuse, it is important to contact our attorneys as soon as possible. We will help you determine the timeframe for filing a claim and work to protect your rights as a victim of abuse.

Frequently Asked Questions About Boy Scout Sexual Abuse and Bankruptcy


Why does a non-profit organization declare bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is essentially a situation in which a company claims its liabilities exceed its assets. In the case of the Boy Scouts, its most recently available financial report indicates that Boy Scouts held $990,161,000 in "total net assets" at the end of 2017. A declaration of bankruptcy would indicate that BSA also has significant liabilities that approach or exceed its significant assets. BSA's most recent financial report is available here.


How will a Boy Scouts bankruptcy affect my case?

Bankruptcy effectively pauses all litigation against the bankrupt entity. If the Boy Scouts declare bankruptcy, the bankruptcy court is likely to stop all litigation nationwide. Victims with cases against the Boy Scouts will become claimants in the bankruptcy court.


How long does bankruptcy take?

The timeframe of bankruptcy can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the case. Some bankruptcies take a few months, while others last years.


What does a victim need to do to file a claim in bankruptcy?

Generally, in bankruptcies involving tort victim claimants, each victim will need to provide the court with information about their case or claim. In the context of an abuse case, that might include: a) the years the abuse took place; b) the location of the abuse; c) the name of the abuser; and d) the severity of the abuse. Ultimately, the Court will determine what information is necessary to evaluate these claims.


How long do I have to file my claim?

Usually, a bankruptcy court will set a claims deadline. This requires all victims that want to pursue a claim to file by a certain date. The failure to file by the Court's deadline will forever bar a victim from bringing a claim forward. It is important to contact a qualified lawyer to discuss your claim and these potential deadlines.


Who determines the value of my claim?

This is a complicated question, but usually the bankruptcy Trustee and Court will formulate a plan that compensates victims with valid claims. The Trustee and Court will look to various factors in determining the value of the claim. This, along with an analysis of the entity's assets, will likely determine the value of your claim. Hiring a qualified lawyer can help maximize your recovery.

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If you have been a victim of sexual abuse by a Boy Scout troop leader or volunteer, Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. will work to help you hold the Boy Scouts organization responsible for the harm that has been done to you and your family. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office at 312-553-4900 or fill out our online contact form.

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