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Archdiocese of Chicago Settles Priest Sexual Abuse Lawsuit for $3.2 Million

The Archdicose of Chicago agreed to settle a priest sexual abuse claim with another victim of convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack for $3.2 million, resolving the last case which put the defrocked priest behind bars.  in 2007, the former priest pled guilty to sexual abuse, and was sentenced to five years in prison.  He was removed from ministry that year.  The settlement was just made public, though the case resolved last August.  Some victims of McCormack's abuse played on the basketball team, while others were friends of the boys who attended the school where McCormack coached.  Since the criminal proceedings were initiated, other alleged victims of McCormack's abuse have come forward.  The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander has been involved with claims of sexual abuse involving Father Joseph Fitzharris, Father Peter Bowman, Father Thomas Job, Father George Clements, and Father Paul Smith.

Boy Scout Victims Sue Over Sexual Abuse

Four Oregon men who claim that they were sexually abused by their scoutmaster in the 1970s have sued the Boy Scouts of America. The victims filed their lawsuits in Portland, and allege the national organization is guilty of negligence and fraud in that the Boy Scouts knew that the scoutmaster, Steven Terry Hill, was accused of molesting three other boys, yet placed him in charge oftheir troop. Hill was convicted od sodomy in an unrelated case in 1991 in a sexual abuse case involving a 17 year old boy. Last year, the Boy Scouts was rocked by a $20 million jury verdict from a sexual assault case in the 1980s. This case has strong parallels to the sex abuse scandals involving various archdiocese across the country.

Wal-Mart Must Defend Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

A federal appeals court ruled that Wal-Mart must defend a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit in which the alleged negligence of the initial harassment complaints may have led to the retaliation claim.  According to the decision in the case of Jorge Perez-Cordero v. Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc., the plaintiff had been employed at Wal-Mart's Sam's Club Store in Puerto Rico as a butcher since 1998.  In 2000, Madeline Santiago was assigned as a team leader and had some supervisory authority over him.  Early on, she began sharing details of her private life with him.  Perez-Cordero indicated that he was not interested in a romantic relationship.  According to the opinion, after that, his work conditions began to change.  For example, he was always scheduled to work the closing shift.  The plaintiff also alleged unwanted physical contact by his supervisor.  Perez-Cordero complained to managment, but they took no action.  The plaintiff claimed that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the actions.  He filed suit in 2001 allegding violations of Title VII and Puerto Rican law.  While a lower court dismissed the claims, the federal appeals court overturned the decision, and allowed both employment claims to go forward.

Jury Awards Woman $95 Million in Sexual Harassment Case

On June 9, 2011, a federal district court jury awarded a woman $95 million in a sexual harassment case against her former employer. In her lawsuit, the woman claimed that on October 12, 2006, she was sexually assaulted by her supervisor. According to evidence in the case, the supervisor began making inappropriate remarks to the 20 year old customer service representative, and then began pinching her. The sexual harassment escalated to groping her, and then on one occasion, coming up behind her and hitting her on the head with his penis. The woman testified that she made a complaint to a sexual harassment hotline, but an investigator never contacted her. The jury found that the supervisor assaulted and battered her, and that the employer failed to appropriately supervise him. The jury awarded the woman $15 million in compensatory damages and $80 million in punitive damages. The employer vowed to appeal the jury's verdict.