Clergy settles abuse case


National News

June 4, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Attorney Jeff Anderson writes down the sum of the settlement reached between the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and clergy abuse survivors, on Thursday, in St. Paul, Minn. Aaron Lavinsky/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Attorneys representing clergy abuse victims announced a $210 million settlement Thursday in the protracted Twin Cities archdiocese bankruptcy case, calling it the largest ever. More than 400 victims will share in the proceeds.

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson called the settlement “a story of trauma and triumph and the pursuit of truth and accountability.” He appeared to tear up and said, “feelings overwhelming me in this moment.”

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis sought bankruptcy protection in 2015, citing the expected costs of settling abuse cases. Hopes for a quick settlement evaporated as attorneys for victims and lawyers battled over the amount and which church entities could be tapped for it. Only Milwaukee’s legal fight lasted longer.

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