Judge Allows 2 Claims in Archdiocese Bankruptcy

February 9, 2012

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A federal judge is allowing two claims to go forward against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for alleged sexual abuse by clergy.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley on Thursday dismissed a third claim because that person already had entered into a settlement.

The archdiocese argued the two claims were filed beyond the statute of limitations. The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection last year, saying pending sex-abuse lawsuits could leave it in debt. About 570 people filed restitution claims by the Feb. 1 deadline.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests estimates if the archdiocese had been successful on the statute of limitations argument, 95% of the cases could have been ultimately dismissed.








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