Landmark Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling May Help Other Older Clergy Abuse Lawsuits Proceed

The Legal Examiner

June 18, 2019

By Eric T. Chaffin

A recent decision by the Pennsylvania State Superior Court may soon open the door for previously time-barred Catholic Church clergy sexual abuse lawsuits to proceed.

On June 11, 2019, a three-judge panel agreed to reinstate a lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who claims she was sexually abused by clergy in the 1970s and 1980s. She filed the lawsuit in 2016, but it was dismissed by the trial court because the statute of limitations had expired.

The plaintiff appealed, and the appellate court reversed the order granting judgment and remanded the case to proceed in the trial court.

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