No payouts soon: Archdiocese, clergy sex abuse claimants unable to reach settlement

Pacific Daily News

Oct. 31, 2019

By Haidee V Eugenio

No payouts are expected anytime soon from the Archdiocese of Agana, after its settlement talks with clergy sex abuse claimants’ attorneys collapsed.

The two-day settlement conference in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy abruptly ended after the first day.

The archdiocese, represented by attorneys John Terlaje and Ford Elsaesser, offered a settlement amount that attorneys for clergy sex abuse survivors and other claimants were not able to accept.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Hawaii Robert J. Faris served as the mediator in the settlement conference.

Clergy abuse survivors and attorneys said they could only comment on the general outcome of and expectations about the talks.

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