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N.C. Diocese Settles Sex Abuse Lawsuit For $1 Million

CHARLOTTE N.C. – (AP) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has agreed to pay $1 million to a man who had sued, saying a priest sexually abused him when he was an altar boy in 1999. The Charlotte Observer reported that the diocese also agreed to pay for counseling for the man. . . . Full version...

Another Former Scout Settles Nebraska Abuse Lawsuit

LINCOLN Neb. - (AP) A sexual abuse lawsuit filed by a former Boy Scout against the Boy Scouts of America and the Lincoln Interfaith Council has been dismissed. The 21-year-old former Scout is referred to only as John Doe in the lawsuit , which was dismissed Friday. His attorney, Kathleen Neary. . . ...

High Court Lets Vatican Sex Abuse Lawsuit Move Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court won't stop a lawsuit that accuses the Vatican of conspiring with U.S. church officials to transfer a priest from city to city despite repeated accusations that the clergyman sexually abused young people. The high court Monday refused to hear an appeal from...

Lawsuit: Church Protected Abusive Salesian Priest

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A California man who alleges he was abused in the 1960s by a priest who belonged to the Salesian order of the Roman Catholic church filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the order and the Vatican, claiming officials covered for the cleric by shuffling him between three continents. . ....

Vatican Pleased U.S. Plaintiffs Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit

VATICAN CITY - (AP) The Vatican said Tuesday it was satisfied that three men who had sought to hold the Vatican liable in an American court for sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests have decided to abandon the case. The Kentucky case was being closely watched as the clerical abuse scandal. . . . Full...

California Coach, USA Swimming Sued Over Alleged Abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. - (AP) A California woman sued the governing body of U.S. competitive swimming and her former coach, claiming he sexually abused, humiliated and harassed her when she was a teenager training under his supervision. The suit announced Wednesday is one of several around the country alleging...

2nd Sex Abuse Suit against Santa Rosa Diocese

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A man who claimed he was sexually abused as a child by an Irish priest filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa the second such suit alleging the church knew the priest faced abuse charges in Ireland, but failed to warn the parish. The lawsuit. ....

Oregon Abuse Case Lawyers Want To Question Cardinals

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) Lawyers for a man who wants to hold the Vatican accountable for the priest who molested him in the 1960s asked a federal judge Wednesday to allow them to question top cardinals. The lawyers filed papers outlining requests for depositions from Cardinal William Levada and others....

Court Wants Records Made Public In Friars' Sex Cases

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A California appeals court ruled Thursday that psychiatric and other confidential records of Franciscan friars accused of sex abuse should be made public in a long-awaited decision that could speed the release of similar documents about dozens of other accused priests and religious...

Lawsuit Alleges Kids Were Abused At Florida Lockup

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (AP) A federal class-action lawsuit claims a teenage inmate was sexually abused at a youth offender facility where other juveniles were forced to go hungry, endure hot and moldy conditions, and sleep on the floor. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale...

California Church Documents Show Sex Abuse Allegations

SAN DIEGO - (AP) Attorneys for nearly 150 people who claim sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests made nearly 10,000 pages of previously sealed internal church documents public Sunday, revealing at least one previously unknown decades-old case in which a priest under police investigation was allowed...

Megachurch Pastor Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations

ATLANTA - (AP) The megachurch pastor accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships categorically denied the allegations for the first time in a court filing Monday, saying he was only a mentor to the men who filed civil lawsuits against him. Bishop Eddie Long has for weeks vowed. . . . Full...

Knights Of Columbus Lawsuit Claims Sex Abuse Coverup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) Two men have sued the Knights of Columbus alleging they were sexually abused decades ago by a leader of the Catholic fraternal organization's youth program. Jeffrey Herman, attorney for the men, said he believes the lawsuits are the first against the Knights of Columbus, the...

Lawyer For Wisconsin Accuser: Vatican Rejected Lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) The attorney for a man who says he was sexually abused decades ago by a now-deceased priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf says the Vatican has refused to be served with a lawsuit over the matter. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who frequently clashes with the Catholic. . . ....

Delaware Diocese Settles Priest Abuse Claims For $77M

(AP) Lawyers involved with the Delaware Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's $77 million settlement with nearly 150 alleged victims of sexual abuse said the church's agreement to release unredacted documents is a historic step toward making sure it doesn't happen again. And lawyers for the alleged...

Lawsuit Alleges Sex Abuse By Former Boston Doctor

BOSTON - (AP) A former pediatrician is accused a lawsuit filed Thursday of giving medically unnecessary genital exams to dozens of boys over nearly two decades. The medical malpractice and sexual abuse suit alleges that Melvin Levine, while a doctor at Children's Hospital Boston from 1966 to 1985...

Lawsuits Filed Against Jesuits In Oregon Bankruptcy Court

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) Attorneys representing a group of people who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests have filed 37 lawsuits in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland, seeking about $3.1 million. The Oregonian reports that the lawsuits f iled late Thursday contend that the order's Oregon Province paid...

Former Youth Camper Says Adventists Knew Of Sex Abuse

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) A former member of a youth camping group run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church is suing the church, claiming he continued to suffer sexual abuse by a youth leader after informing church authorities. The man, who was not identified in a complaint filed Wednesday in Multnomah County...

Knights Of Columbus Wants Abuse Lawsuits Dismissed

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) The Knights of Columbus, citing a statute of limitations, asked a judge to dismiss lawsuits by two men who say a youth leader sexually abused them decades ago. The men sued the New Haven-based group in December and said a former leader of the Columbian Squires. . . . Full version...

Philadelphia Diocese Faces New Priest Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was hit Monday with the fourth in a series of new lawsuits that blame church officials for failing to protect children from sexually abusive priests. The lawsuits mirror accusations made by city prosecutors in a grand jury report last month that led...

Camreta v. Greene: Will The Supreme Court Reach An Important 4th Amendment Issue Concerning Questioning Witnesses?

By Jay Shapiro, Partner Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP "If the Supreme Court finds its way to one of the critical issues in Camreta v. Greene, 588 F.3d 1011 (9th Cir. Or. 2009) (Free unenhanced version of the opinion available from lexisONE Free Case law), it will have the opportunity to address a...

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Philadelphia Archdiocese

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) The family of a Pennsylvania man who killed himself after his allegation of sexual abuse by a priest was dismissed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The suit was filed Wednesday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by the family of a...

Vatican Served With Court Documents In Wis. Abuse Case

MILWAUKEE - (AP) The Vatican has been served with court papers stemming from decades-old allegations of sexual abuse against a now-deceased priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf, attorneys for the accuser and the Vatican said Tuesday. Jeff Anderson, an attorney for the man making the allegations...

Lawsuit Filed Over Sexual Abuse At Haiti School

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) A federal lawsuit seeking $20 million in damages was filed Monday against Fairfield University, the Society of Jesus and a Colorado man sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a school he founded in Haiti. The lawsuit was filed by one of Douglas...

Judge Orders Vatican To Show Files In Abuse Case

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) A federal judge in Oregon ruled Thursday that the Vatican must respond to certain requests for information from a man who says he was molested by a priest in the 1960s. The man known in court documents as John V. Doe filed suit eight years ago. He seeks to. . . . Full version available...