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Bankruptcy Filed by Christian Brothers

Christian Brothers, consisting both of the Christian Brothers' Institute and the Christian Brothers of Ireland, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 28, 2011. Case numbers 11-22820 and 11-22821 were filed in the White Plains Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York under the Honored Robert D. Drain. These cases were later consolidated into one case on May 2, 2011. The decision to file for bankruptcy protection occurred to the ongoing sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Congregation of Christian Brothers.

Over the years, the order has paid tens of millions of dollars to sex abuse victims and is currently facing even more financial strain as it is reported that there are currently over 50 pending claims. The bankruptcy papers themselves state that the bankruptcy protection was needed due to the sexual abuse lawsuits - especially in regards to the ones that are pending in the state of Washington and in Canada. It has been noted that these are draining the assets of the order and that the bankruptcy is needed to help give the order a chance to liquidate assets so that they can satisfy the claims. Currently, the court papers state that there is over $74 million in total assets, most of which consist of real estate property.

How Christian Brothers' Bankruptcy Affects Sexual Abuse Claims

It has been noted that the bankruptcy could bring closure to some victims of sexual abuse, but it could cause innumerable complications for others. For example, the bankruptcy filing could allow the order to further conceal details about the scandal so that they can further cover up the issues at hand. Others allege that this could indefinitely postpone the claims and the order has thus been accused by some to be illegitimately using the bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid and delay facing the clergy abuse suits. However, one of the biggest issues that will arise for those looking to file a claim is what will be known as the Abuse Survivor Bar Date. This will essentially be a deadline by which victims (who will be viewed as creditors by the Bankruptcy Court), must file their claim. If they miss this, they will be unable to take further legal action.

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If you are seeking to file a sexual abuse claim against the Irish Christian Brothers and are wondering how their bankruptcy filing will affect your case, please contact a clergy abuse attorney from our firm today.

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