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June 10, 2024

BSA BANKRUPTCY UPDATE: Hurley McKenna & Mertz Town Hall Meeting for Clients with BSA Bankruptcy Claims

This post is directed to current clients of Hurley McKenna & Mertz P.C. who have BSA abuse claims. On June 8, 2024, HMM Partner Evan Smola held a Town Hall Meeting to update our clients regarding the status of the...

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February 5, 2024

BSA Bankruptcy Update – How You Can Help HMM Support Your Claim

This post is directed to current clients of Hurley McKenna & Mertz P.C. who have made claims in the Boy Scout bankruptcy proceeding.  We believe that the strength of your BSA abuse claim will depend on supporting your claim with...

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August 28, 2023

BSA Settlement Trust Town Hall Meeting set for Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 8 pm EDT

Judge Houser, the Trustee of the BSA Settlement Trust, will host a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT. Also speaking will be Claims Administrator Randi Ilyse Roth. Last week, Judge Houser...

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May 26, 2023

“The Church has been Concealing the Identities of Hundreds of Abusers”

Hurley McKenna & Mertz partner Michael Mertz spoke to the Associated Press about the Illinois Attorney General’s long-awaited report regarding the sexual abuse of children in Illinois by Roman Catholic priests, brothers, and other church officials.   The Attorney General’s investigation...

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February 11, 2022

BSA Tort Claimants Committee Recommends That Survivors Who Rejected The Boy Scouts Prior Plan Change Their Vote To Accept The Revised And Improved BSA Plan

The Official Tort Claimants Committee (TCC) in the chapter 11 bankruptcy of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) now urges all BSA Abuse Survivors to vote to ACCEPT the BSA’s Revised Plan. Following weeks of mediation after the voting deadline...

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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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October 12, 2021

Former BSA Youth Protection Director Tells Congress That Children Still Unsafe In Scouts BSA Programs.

Detective Michael Johnson, the former Youth Protection Director of the Boy Scouts of America, has come forward to urge Congress to open an investigation and hold which will lead to greater oversight of the Scouts BSA Congressional Charter.  In a...

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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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