Settlement Reached in San Diego Priest Sexual Abuse Cases

The months-old court-ordered mediation of over 120 sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Diocese of San Diego has ended in a settlement. A total of $198.1 million will be divided among the claimants, and the church will release certain internal documents about its own dealings with known abusive priests.

Orders from the bankruptcy judge in which she (1) threatened to dismiss the Diocese’s Chapter 11 case in its entirety and (2) remanding the first forty-four cases back to state court for trial no doubt helped move things along. The SCD entry discussing those orders is here.

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