Committee to Represent Plaintiffs in Diocese Suits

By Beth Miller
The News Journal
November 6, 2009

Six men and one woman -- all of whom have sued the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington seeking damages for child sexual abuse by priests -- have been appointed to represent the interests of all such plaintiffs in the diocese's bankruptcy proceedings, according to court papers filed Thursday.

The Committee of Unsecured Creditors was appointed by David M. Klauder of the U.S. Trustee's office from a pool of applicants that met with him privately Wednesday.

Some of the seven committee members had filed their lawsuits anonymously, but agreed to disclose their identities to serve on the committee. The seven appointees are: James J. Holman, Matthias C. Conaty, Scott R. Mauchin, Jeff Rose, John Michael Vai, William Heaney (representing the estate of his late son, Kevin Heaney) and Mary K. Dougherty.

The committee retained Los Angeles attorney James Stang to represent them.

The Diocese of Wilmington filed for Chapter 11 protection on Oct. 18, the night before a series of abuse trials was to begin in Delaware Superior Court.

Hearings in the bankruptcy case resume today before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi.

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