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May 20, 2020

“The time for delay is over”… Boy Scout local councils must disclose assets and records.

In the New York Times today, Christopher Hurley, managing partner of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, discussed the need for Boy Scout local counsels to fully disclose their assets and records to victims of Boy Scout sexual abuse and their attorneys....

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May 18, 2020

Boy Scout Victims Must Act Now—Court to Set November 16, 2020 as Deadline for Victims to File Claims for Damages

The Boy Scouts of America are in Bankruptcy Court trying to minimize the negative financial impact resulting from their widespread cover up of decades of sexual abuse within their ranks. The Tort Claimants Committee and the Boy Scouts of America...

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March 10, 2020

How and When to Make a Sexual Abuse Claim Against a Church

The number of sexual abuse allegations against religious institutions has increased significantly over the past few years. In many cases, sexual abuse victims know and trust the perpetrator, but are too young to act against them. As states extend the...

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April 27, 2015

Why Did the Joliet Diocese Allow Child Abusers to be Ordained?

Over the span of 20 years, priests ordained by the Joliet Diocese allegedly abused many boys involved in church programs from the 1960s through 1980s. The Joliet Diocese knew about priests abusing children well before they did anything to protect...

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January 22, 2015

Hurley McKenna & Mertz Files Two Separate Lawsuits Involving Seven Total Sexual Abuse Victims in Illinois

Earlier this week, [[title]] filed lawsuits against Chicago Presbytery on behalf of seven men sexually abused by Presbyterian minister Douglas Mason in the early ‘80s and ‘90s. The two separately-filed lawsuits follow an earlier lawsuit that was settled in 2007...

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April 30, 2014

New Documents Released Detailing Priest Sexual Abuse

A law signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn went into effect at the first of the New Year to help protect the safety, care, and rights of senior citizens in the state. The law is designed to improve reporting procedures,...

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January 21, 2014

It Just Keeps Coming

It just keeps coming. The institutions that downplayed the crisis–that denied knowing about sexual predators in their midst, that protected the abusers and covered up for them so they could hurt more and more children–just keep admitting to more. Today...

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January 2, 2014

Penn State Abuse Scandal Shows that Institutions Can’t Police Themselves

The Penn State sexual abuse scandal reminds us that state and federal laws may mandate that a teacher or coach, such as Coach Paterno and the assitant coaches and administrators at Penn State, has a duty to report suspected sexual...

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