Hundreds of clergy abuse claims filed in Twin Cities

Published 10:16 am Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Hundreds of claims have been filed alleging clergy abuse as the court deadline comes to a close in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis bankruptcy case.

Attorneys have counted more than 400 claims filed by Monday, the deadline imposed by a bankruptcy court judge as the archdiocese reorganizes its finances.

The court will continue to assess the archdiocese’s assets and determine how many claims might be covered by insurance. The Star Tribune says the archdiocese and its insurers will review the claims and a victims fund will be set up to finance the settlement of the claims.

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The flood of claims stems from a state law which lifted the statute of limitations on older claims of abuse. The claims prompted the archdiocese to file bankruptcy earlier this year.