Verdicts & Settlements
Emotional Close to Priest Suit
Posted Jul 17, 2007 9:28 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A judge has approved a record $660 million settlement in a suit against the Los Angeles archdiocese for sexual abuse by priests.
Victims cried as Judge Haley Fromholz of Los Angeles County Superior Court said settlement “was the right thing to do,” the New York Times reports.
The plaintiffs’ lead attorney, Raymond Boucher, asked victims to stand, and more than a dozen did so. The moment “provided a dramatic denouement to five years of litigation—and to what many victims have described as decades of personal anguish,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
The $660 million settlement of claims by 508 plaintiffs is more than six times larger than any prior agreement with an archdiocese, according to the New York Times.