Just days after being hit with dozens of sexual abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization filed for bankruptcy on February 18, 2020.
This stems from a January 2020 legal challenge in the nation’s capital that allows former Boy Scouts to come forward and file sexual abuse claims against BSA.
In addition, recent laws enacted in California, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, and New York extended or eliminated the statute of limitations for abuse victims who wanted to pursue lawsuits against entities like the Boy Scouts.
Now, with the recent bankruptcy filing, everything has been put on hold, including cases against the Boy Scouts that are currently pending in courts throughout the United States.
“The bankruptcy is really an attempt by the Boy Scout organization to control the damages and control hopefully how much money they have to pay out and to get a cut off for any more claims.”
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