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Sex-abuse victims charge lawyers defrauded them

Catholic World News - November 14, 2011

Sex-abuse victims in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, are suing their former lawyers, charging that they defrauded them in his handling of the case.

A Kentucky court has refused to dismiss the action brought by the victims against the lawyers, Stan Chesley and Robert Steinberg. The suit charges that the lawyers promised higher awards for the victims, failed to help them appeal awards, and pressured them to accept high attorneys’ fees. Earlier this year the Kentucky Bar Association recommended that Chesley be disbarred for alleged misconduct in an unrelated lawsuit.

In a separate development, a law firm in Calgary, Alberta is being accused of withholding funds from sex-abuse victims, and charging the victims excessive interest on loans advanced against their settlement awards.

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