Christian Brothers Settle Sexual Abuse Claims

The Christian Brothers of Ireland agreed to settle about 400 claims involving sexual abuse for $16.5 million.  As a result of the claims, the Christian Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection in April, 2011.  The victims filed claims in the bankruptcy court.  The claimants included 32 men who went to Brother Rice High School, Leo High School, and St. Laurence High School in Burbank.  The claimants alleged that the sexual abuse took place from the 1960s through the 1980s.  The bankruptcy settlement does not preclude the victims from filing suit in state court.  Three lawsuits were recently filed in state court on behalf of 32 plaintiffs.