Boy Scouts reach $850M settlement with tens of thousands of sexual abuse victims

Boy Scouts reach $850M settlement with tens of thousands of sexual abuse victims
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[Ed. – Isn’t NBC remiss in omitting ‘alleged’ from title of article? Settlements in court cases are not admissions of guilt. In many cases, they are agreed to by the defendant to avoid further negative publicity.]

Tens of thousands of people who say they were sexually abused while scouts and filed suit against the Boy Scouts of America have reached an $850 million settlement, the largest in a child sexual abuse case in United States history.

More than 84,000 people are part of the lawsuit against the 110-year-old organization, which has been plagued with claims of abuse from volunteers and leaders since the 1960s. The Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year as it faced mounting legal costs to defend itself against claims of sexual abuse against boys.

Ken Rothweiler, an attorney … who represents the largest group of claimants — more than 16,800 people — says that this settlement is a start. The insurance rights for the past 40 years will be put into a trust that the survivor’s group will control and that could amount to billions more for the victims.

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