February 1, 2012, by Cary Docter and Ben Handelman
MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee expects more than 500 claims from survivors of alleged priest sexual abuse will be filed as part of a bankruptcy court order. Survivors have until 4 p.m. Wednesday to file a claim for the abuse they suffered.
On July 14, 2011, a bankruptcy court entered an order that requires sexual abuse survivors to file a claim no later than February 1, 2012. This deadline is called a “bar date” because it means that people who come forward after that date may be “barred” from ever filing a claim against the Milwaukee Archdiocese.
By getting a bar date, the Archdiocese is able to limit who can sue it after the bar date. In most circumstances, abuse survivors will not be able to sue the Archdiocese if they fail to file a claim with the bankruptcy court before February 1st.
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