Final claim dismissed in diocese fraud suit

LaCrosse Tribune

Chris Hubbuch | | Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A judge dismissed the last of three legal claims Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse in a 2008 lawsuit that accused the diocese of covering up sex abuse allegations against a priest.

In keeping with his earlier rulings, La Crosse County Circuit Judge Scott Horne said the plaintiff, Brenda Varga, failed to demonstrate fraud and that her attorneys shaded facts in their complaint to get before the courts and fish for more information to support “a questionable lawsuit.”

The diocese issued a statement saying in part, “This case illustrates the procedural difficulties in allowing the filing of old claims, particularly where plaintiff’s lawyers are willing to make misrepresentations of fact to the court. … The willingness to take liberties with the requisite facts in a case such as this does not further, and in fact deprecates, founded and credible claims of sexual assault and fraud.”

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