Archdiocese, Lawyers Finalize Settlement
Victims Will Receive up to $300,000 [Boston MA]
September 24, 2003

Attorneys representing hundreds of alleged clergy sex-abuse victims and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston have approved the final language of an $85 million settlement.

The agreement is similar to a memorandum of understanding announced two weeks ago. It spells out in greater detail the process that arbitrators will use to decide how much money individual plaintiffs will receive. Awards will range from $80,000 to $300,000, depending on the type, duration and harm caused by the sexual abuse.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents 120 alleged victims, said the deal takes into account the best interests of the survivors.

The deadline for alleged victims to opt into the settlement was extended by one week to Oct. 23. Eighty percent of the victims must agree to participate.

The agreement also calls for the archdiocese to pay for therapy.

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