Hurley McKenna & Mertz represents nearly 4,500 victims of Boy Scout abuse, including one victim that is a member of the Tort Claimants Committee. Nearly 40,000 organizations–including major religious organizations such as the Church of Jesus Christ, and Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist and Lutheran churches and their parent organizations–have had charters with the BSA to sponsor local Scout Troops. It was in these local Scout Troops that many of the 82,500 victims who have filed claims in the BSA’s bankruptcy proceedings were sexually abused and scarred for life.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Chris Hurley discussed the responsibility that all of the religious sponsoring organizations have to contribute to a fund to fairly compensate abuse victims:
“The Scouts had plenty of fault due to their negligence, but the local institutions had plenty of fault also,” said Christopher Hurley, whose Chicago law firm says it represents about 4,000 men who filed claims in the bankruptcy.
“It’s just not OK to pass the buck on this,” Hurley added. “Everybody’s got to suck it up and make a fair contribution to get justice for these guys.”