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February 11, 2022

Hurley McKenna & Mertz Spearheads Negotiations Resulting in BSA’s Revised and Improved Plan of Reorganization

Christopher Hurley and Evan Smola of Chicago’s Hurley McKenna & Mertz, working in conjunction with the Tort Claimants’ Committee (“TCC”) in the Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy proceeding, has negotiated important modifications to the BSA’s plan of reorganization that will...

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September 23, 2021

BSA Chartering Organizations Have a Responsibility to Contribute to the Victims’ Compensation Fund

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,...

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April 20, 2021

How Does the Mormon Church Approach Abuse Allegations?

Despite its insistence that it has a “zero-tolerance policy when it comes to abuse,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been accused by many former and current members of covering up systemic sexual abuse. The claims stretch...

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April 13, 2021

How Mormon Views on Sexuality Silence Abuse Victims

For most Americans, premarital sex is a personal decision made between two consenting adults and has few (if any) community repercussions. But for those who practice the Mormon faith, sex before marriage is seen by most members and virtually all...

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April 6, 2021

Is It Worth It to File a Claim Against the Mormon Church?

For many members of the Mormon Church, their congregation is an essential source of support, spiritual guidance, and community. But for thousands of current and former members, their experience was tarnished by sexual abuse and systemic inaction to punish the...

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March 23, 2021

Why the Mormon Church Abuse Hotline Hasn’t Helped Victims

As more cases of systemic sexual abuse at the hands of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to come to light, so too does the handling of its sexual abuse hotline. Nearly 20 years ago, the Mormon...

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March 16, 2021

How the Mormon Church and the Boy Scouts of America are Linked

For more than a century, the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (formerly LDS or Mormon Church) nurtured a partnership so deeply that one out of every five BSA members was Mormon....

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March 10, 2021

Can I File a Sexual Abuse Claim Against the Mormon Church Anonymously?

One of the most challenging aspects of filing a claim against the Mormon Church for sexual abuse is readying yourself to do so. Taking action against your Church community may be difficult and feel like an act of disloyalty—especially if...

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