Attorneys for Archdiocese, Abuse Victims Spar in Court


August 29, 2017

Attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis sparred with attorneys for the victims of sex abuse by priests in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Tuesday.

The archdiocese proposes putting $156 million into a trust for about 400 victims. About $120 million would come from insurance companies.

“It is this archdiocese that continues now to pour salt in the wounds by engaging in secret settlements with insurance companies,” attorney Jeff Anderson said after representing victims in court. He says the settlements were reached without input from attorneys for victims.

“Our plan provides $156 million with certainty in the very, very near future to a trust to be distributed to victims of sexual abuse as that trust sees fit,” said Charles Rogers, an attorney for Briggs and Morgan, which represents the archdiocese.

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