Church wants 80-plus clergy sex abuse cases moved from local to federal court

Pacific Daily News

April 15, 2019

By Haidee V. Eugenio

The Archdiocese of Agana seeks the transfer of more than 80 clergy sex abuse cases from local court to federal court which it says has jurisdiction over the archdiocese’s reorganization bankruptcy filing.

Attorneys for the archdiocese filed notices of removal over the last few days, citing a provision in the U.S. Code that authorizes the removal of claims or causes of action in a civil action that are “related to” bankruptcy cases.

The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 16 to help settle clergy sex abuse cases and compensate the plaintiffs.

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