Montana Diocese Uses Mediation Rather Than Litigation in Sex Abuse Cases

Transparency Marks Montana Sex Abuse Lawsuit Mediation

A weeklong “global mediation” slated to begin April 15 in Seattle will seek a broad settlement for two comprehensive sex abuse lawsuits pending against the diocese of Helena, Mont., and the Ursuline Sisters. If the process is successful, at least two major goals would be met, attorneys for both the diocese and claimants told NCR. First, the diocese would avoid bankruptcy. Second, a significantly larger portion of any ultimate monetary settlement would reach claimants rather than be consumed by costly, extended legal maneuvering.” By Dan Morris-Young, National Catholic Reporter

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