Scouting


Boy Scouts of America settles for $850 million with more than 84,000 sexual abuse victims

The Boy Scouts of America reached an $850 million settlement Thursday with tens of thousands of people who say they were sexually abused when they were Scouts over decades and later sued in a case that rocked the historic institution. The settlement, which came after the organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year while facing mounting legal costs over the abuse claims, is one of the largest of its kind in a child sexual abuse case in U.S. history. The lawsuit involved more than 84,000 people who claimed sexual abuse dating as far back as the 1960s. Jason ...

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Former Boy Scouts speak out on sexual abuse claims, bankruptcy case


As Child Victims Act lookback window nears closing, some still don’t know it exists

The Child Victims Act was passed by the state legislature in January 2019. Sexual abuse survivors and advocates spent more than a decade pushing for the legislation. With it came a one-year lookback window, giving all survivors, regardless of age, the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit against their perpetrator. That was extended an additional year because of issues with court closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Amala, a partner at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC representing Phillips, says it’s not uncommon for survivors to not know about the CVA. ...

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50,000 alleged sex-abuse victims expected to sue the Boy Scouts

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As many as 50,000 alleged sex-abuse victims are expected to go after the Boy Scouts of America in court ahead of a November legal deadline, as a shocking new study concludes scouting just isn’t safe for kids. Since the Boys Scouts of America’s February bankruptcy filing, about 35,000 alleged victims across the nation have filed claims, with “thousands” more emerging each week ahead of the Nov. 16 deadline. The sheer number of Boy Scout victims so far has dwarfed similar cases, noted lawyer Jason Amala of the firm Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis, Amala. “It’s ...

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Girl Scouts sex-abuse claim included in NY civil case flurry

As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s. Weiss-Russell has detailed her alleged ordeal in a new lawsuit filed against Girl Scouts of the USA, part of a flurry of child sex-abuse cases in New York using a “look back window” for making civil claims against abusers. “For me, it gives me a chance to be heard because I didn’t have that chance when I was young and ...

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Child sexual abuse survivors deal with bankruptcy, old evidence after laws extend statute of limitations

Although lawsuits like his may provide catharsis, they offer no promise of speedy legal relief. In some cases, independent corroborating evidence is gone or nonexistent, making it difficult to prove plaintiffs' claims. The alleged assailants may have died, leaving the accusers to sue the Boy Scouts, religious organizations, schools, foster care providers and other children-focused groups they believe enabled their abusers. That legal strategy requires plaintiffs to prove the organizations had reason to know about the abusers' conduct. Additionally, the ...

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Leader, lawyer react to Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - After being hit by lawsuits amounting to millions and millions of dollars, the Boys Scouts of America is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to a special website created by the Boy Scouts, one reason for the bankruptcy filing is to “create a Trust that will provide equitable compensation to victims.” This comes after the Boy Scouts of America was hit by lawsuits amounting to millions and millions of dollars. Meanwhile, one law firm says it’s too soon to say if local scout councils will be involved in the filing. Marsh Law ...

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Local, national Boy Scouts sued over ex-leader’s alleged sexual abuse

A lawsuit has been filed against Boy Scouts of America and Heart of Ohio Council in Richland County Common Pleas Court, accusing the organizations of failing to provide a safe environment and negligence, attorneys said in a news release. Although the complaint does not yet appear in online court records, attorneys say the lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of an Ohio boy who says he was sexually exploited by Thomas Close, a former scout leader who was sentenced last month to 30 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting children, as well as receiving ...

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‘Perversion files,’ child sex abuse and gonorrhea: Local Boy Scouts face five new lawsuits

Five new child sexual abuse lawsuits were filed against the Boy Scouts of America in Westchester County last month, as claims pile up against the organization. The Boy Scouts has deflected reports it's considering bankruptcy under the weight of possible legal settlements and court judgments across the country. The group is facing questions over long-secret “perversion files” of suspected and known abusers. Attorneys in many suits are accusing the scouts of setting up a system that protected pedophiles from justice and put children in direct contact with ...

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Lawsuit launched against Leatherstocking Council

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A lawsuit has been launched against the Boy Scouts of America and its local Leatherstocking Council on behalf of three adult males alleging that as minors they were sexually abused by scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters. The suit was prepared by the Marsh Law Firm PLLC of White Plains and the Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLL firm of Seattle, Wash., including documents for state Supreme Court in Oneida County. Documents were provided to the Daily Sentinel in conjunction with an announcement this week involving the two firms and attorneys representing 550 childhood ...

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