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Archdiocese sues former insurance company

Catholic World News - January 27, 2014

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has filed suit against its former insurance company in an attempt to recover $2.6 million in legal fees related to allegations of clerical sexual abuse.

“OneBeacon has an obligation to pay for these costs under the insurance policies and … the archdiocese is committed to pursuing the monies it has coming to help pay the cost of the bankruptcy proceeding,” an archdiocesan spokesman said.

The archdiocese, which filed for bankruptcy in 2011, is “the first diocese to enter bankruptcy without the presumption of insurance coverage,” the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported. “Two state courts had ruled earlier that OneBeacon was not responsible for actions alleged in numerous lawsuits against the archdiocese — allowing known sexual abusers to have access to children — because those actions, if proved true, were intentional, rather than accidental.”

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