On Monday, March 1, 2021, the Boy Scouts of America filed its Proposed Reorganization Plan. This is one of the first major steps in BSA’s effort to emerge from bankruptcy. BSA’s bankruptcy was precipitated by the thousands of sexual abuse against it.
Through its bankruptcy, BSA seeks a release of liability for itself and all of its local councils from the bankruptcy court. None of BSA’s local councils have filed bankruptcy but instead seek relief through Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy.
Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. is a Chicago personal injury firm that represents approximately 4,000 victims that filed sexual abuse claims in the bankruptcy court. Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. represents one of the members of the Tort Claimant’s Committee – the Committee tasked with negotiating on behalf of scouting sexual abuse survivors nationwide.
Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C.’s founder, Christopher T. Hurley, said this of the plan: “The plan proposed by the BSA this week grossly undercompensates victims nationwide and fails to articulate how BSA will remedy the wrongs of the past. BSA’s local councils have billions and billions of dollars in cash and land but BSA will only ask the councils to contribute $300 million. This is not enough given the horrors of what happened to the men I represent.”