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Sex-abuse victim says lawyers claims nearly all of award

Catholic World News - January 05, 2011

An Oregon man who won a $900,000 settlement from the Portland archdiocese in a sex-abuse case has complained that his lawyers claimed nearly all of the funds.

The abuse victim, who has been publicly identified only by the initials "GB," reports that his lawyers' fees amounted to $877,000, leaving him only $23,000. He adds that he has not yet received even that amount.

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  • Posted by: jflare293129 - Jan. 08, 2011 3:51 PM ET USA

    Doucette1787's point: Lawsuits were never about justice. They were about money. Notice we're still hearing about the scandal, though the last provable case was over ten years ago. Even legit political scandal doesn't often reap "rewards" for that long.....

  • Posted by: Tex132 - Jan. 08, 2011 1:43 PM ET USA

    ...Doucette1787: In my humble opinion I couldn't disagree more. The primary focus of this entire sorry chapter in the Church's history should be the victims. I can declare without reservation that the Church and the victims would do well to turn to God, Jesus, Mother Mary, the Rosary and the bible rather than attorneys in matters of abuse. Peace cannot be found through money or vindictiveness. Peace will only come with recovery and forgiveness as exemplified in the life of Maria Goretti. BlessU

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 06, 2011 11:17 AM ET USA

    This is nearly as shocking as the recent revelation that water is wet. On a more serious note, it is very sad; can there ever be justice for this victim?

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jan. 05, 2011 10:13 PM ET USA

    GB, are you at all surprised? The legal sharks take care of their own first, foremost, and always. This has never been about you the victim, but simply about the rapacious lawyers seeking more deep pockets to raid.

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