Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy under wave of new sex abuse lawsuits
The move comes after the deadline for filing childhood sexual assault claims was extended in California and other states.Print The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s oldest and largest youth organizations, filed for bankruptcy protection late Monday as legal claims by former Scouts of past sexual abuse continue to mount. The Scouts’ Chapter 11 petition, filed in Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, comes amid declining membership and a wave of new sex-abuse lawsuits after several states, including California, New York and New Jersey, recently expanded legal options for childhood victims to sue. California’s law, AB 218 , took effect in January and, among other provisions, opens a three-year “lookback window” for victims to sue for damages on claims previously barred by statutes of limitation. It also relaxes age restrictions on filing claims, giving victims until age 40 or five years after they become aware of injury caused by abuse. Scouts officials will not say how many abuse lawsuits have been filed in recent years or how much has been paid out in settlements and judgments. Plaintiffs attorneys say the lawsuits number well into the hundreds and that many others settled with confidential agreements before they were filed. Advertisement Boy Scout sex abuse scandal’s stunning toll: Over 12,200 reported victims Some of the Scouts’ insurers have refused to cover the payouts, contending that the 110-year-old organization could have prevented the abuse that led to the claims, court records show. The Scouts’ bankruptcy is not likely to affect local Scouting activities but will halt ongoing lawsuits while settlements are negotiated. It also will require new abuse claims to be handled in that venue rather than in state courts. Gilion Dumas, a Portland, Ore., attorney who has more than a dozen lawsuits pending against the Scouts in California, said the automatic stay on litigation will plunge her clients into legal limbo. Those who have filed lawsuits will join the ranks of other creditors, which could delay resolution of their claims for years, Dumas said. Advertisement One of her cases, involving a former Scout who allegedly was sexually abused when he was 9 and 10 years old, was scheduled for trial in March, she said. “He was finally going to get his day in court, and that is going to be yanked away from him and he will be stuck in line with a lot of other people in bankruptcy court,” she said. “He will have to wait another two years to get any kind of compensation for his injuries.” Looming liabilities Although the national organization, which has a membership of 2.2 million Scouts, still has assets of $1.4 billion, the looming liabilities were large enough that officials had considered for about a year whether to file for bankruptcy protection. As recently as last week, the Boy Scouts of America said “no decisions have been made” on bankruptcy and that it “does not comment on rumors or speculation.” “The Boy Scouts of America is working with experts and exploring all options available so we can live up to our social and moral responsibility to equitably compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, while also ensuring that we carry out our mission to serve youth, families and local communities through our programs,” the organization said in a statement to The Times. Besides lawsuits, the organization also has been buffeted by declining membership, including the departure of some 400,000 Scouts in troops sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has cut ties to the program. Those numbers are not likely to be offset any time soon by the admission of girls, who have been eligible to join since February 2019. The Chapter 11 action will allow the Boy Scouts of America to reorganize and restructure its finances. Lawyers for alleged victims say the move also is aimed at shielding billions more in real estate and other assets held separately by local Boy Scout councils from being tapped to settle abuse claims. Some Catholic dioceses caught up in the church’s sex abuse scandal employed the same tactic, in part to protect parish assets against claims. Advertisement Read more: Los Angeles Times
ChrisMegerian The bankruptcy patch - who knew? ChrisMegerian Good I hope they dissolve boyscouts Homosexuals and progressive ideals bring down American institution. Nice work fellas. There’s that money thing again.... All the good thing disappeared after all the bad things from Democrab blended in. Hell no.
Mixed feelings about this. Clearly, boyscouts is doing this to avoid compensating victims fairly... and robbing them of their voices in a short-circuited process. On the other hand, real risk there are so many victims that the organization folds. Protect children always. The boyscouts could've learned a lesson from the Catholic Church. If you're going to bugger boys in the modern world, you need to own land.
I never had to join the scouts or go to summer camp I was raised by parents who loved me and wanted to spend time with me I'm glad. These people are disgusting MrJonCryer No wonder the organization was so eager to change its name to just 'Scouts'.
Boy Scouts Seek Chapter 11 Protection From Sex-Abuse LawsuitsThe Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection, as one of the country’s largest youth organizations tries to endure intensifying legal pressure over accusations of childhood sexual abuse going back decades. What now? Another cultural icon trashed. It's not a competition. It's abuse
yoda I guess they shouldn't of had all that raping MrJonCryer Another tRump victory! BecauseOfCourse MrJonCryer Holy crap. I didn’t know it was this bad. Damn I lucked out in my years in the BSA. This is horrifying. oof Lady_Star_Gem Join the church 😡 New badges don‘t include sex w/minors boyscouts BREAKING
awalkerinLA I didn't know you could file moral bankruptcy. They should have got the deal that the church pedo gang got...they don’t even get identified half the time and tax exempt They should have been prepared
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcyThe venerable non-profit is following the lead of the scandal-wracked Roman Catholic Church. MaddowBlog *amid sexual harassment lawsuits, Boy Scouts of America declares bankruptcy. There fixed it. You can tell the people who belong to the party of Dennis Hastert, Roy Moore and Gym Jordan by the replies. I thought Scouts were meant to be ALWAYS prepared. Evidently not on this occasion.
You hire your friends and cousins. Do you really think you’re hiring the most eligible candidates? But don’t let the gays in. This reminds me of a few churches that I won’t name 🙄 Good. They should be shut down. Given the controls put in place 20 years ago, all of this seems suspect. These controls were fool proof the number of complaints went to zero. What is going on here a satanic attack on a God Fearing Organization? The enemy always uses sexual accusations he leads us into
I never let my son join the Boy Scouts of America, at times I felt lousy for stealing that experience from his young life. Now I realize it was the right thing to do. I am sure many wonderful folk have been involved with the BSA over the years, I couldn't take the chance. Good Wow can the Catholic Church be next
It would seem that all organisations where grown men are intensely/obsessively involved with young boys will attract a significant number of paedophiles Just end the Boy Scouts entirely!
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Didn't they change the name after accepting girls in the boy scout of America? They deserve to go under for selling themselves to the crazy sjw mob Anytime there’s a sex scandal now I put them in two categories. Trump/Church. This is being filed under trump. The church is still solvent. My girl scout leader used to film us peeing on a VHS camera for fun at our Girl Scout meetings... but go ahead attack only masculinity.
How does a non profit org that lives off donations go bankrupt? The Boy Scouts is a pedophile ring. Dear Lord i pray for BSA
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