Once considered by many to be the premier values-based organization for America’s youth, Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in February 2020 amid claims that thousands of former scouts suffered horrifying sexual abuse as children by their scout leaders.
For the victims and their families, the alleged abuse is a stunning betrayal of trust that fueled lifetimes of trauma. A cover-up that allegedly allowed abusers to prey on unsuspecting children in frightening numbers evidence that Boy Scouts of America failed to uphold its own ideals and its obligation to protect the children entrusted in its care, plaintiffs claim.
Attorneys with experience in both childhood sexual abuse, specifically against Boy Scouts of America and who have experience in bankruptcy law can help guide victims, as the bankruptcy process can pose challenges for victims.
The bankruptcy claims process lets any survivor file a claim in bankruptcy court for compensation from the Boy Scouts of America and Delaware BSA, LLC.
BSA childhood sexual abuse survivors seeking compensation must file their claims through the Boy Scouts of America Chapter 11 bankruptcy process before the official bar date of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 16, 2020. While corporate bankruptcies can be daunting, a knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process and help you decide what’s best for you. Visit BSA’s claims and noticing agent website for more information on the claims process.
A multi-state coalition of nationally recognized plaintiffs’ law firms, Nye Stirling Hale & Miller, LLP; Motley Rice LLC; and Berger Montague, P.C.; are fighting collectively for victims of childhood sexual abuse, and command a depth of sexual abuse and bankruptcy litigation experience needed to go up against an organization as powerful as Boy Scouts of America. All together, the firms have nearly 200 attorneys and hundreds of support staff in 17 offices throughout the country. Working together allows our firms to commit the considerable time, resources and manpower toward thoroughly investigating and litigating sexual abuse claims that victims deserve.
Our decades of collective knowledge and experience includes being at the forefront of litigation seeking to hold the Boy Scouts of America and other abuse enablers accountable in civil courts. NSH&M is one of the few law firms to try a case against Boy Scouts of America, reaching a favorable settlement for an abuse victim in the third week of trial. Before trial even began, the firm fought for the Scouts’ internal records all the way to the California Supreme Court, successfully defending a ruling that required the Boy Scouts to turn over 40 years of abuse files, including 20 years’ worth of files that were previously kept hidden away from the public in the Boy Scouts’ corporate office.
Having already gone up against the Boy Scouts, members of our team have insight into the organization’s internal structure. We anticipate the arguments the Boy Scouts will likely use in its defense and have successfully defeated those arguments.
In addition to our extensive sexual abuse litigation experience, multiple attorneys within our coalition are also leaders in numerous complex bankruptcy court proceedings involving victims who were needlessly harmed due to misconduct, action and inaction of large organizations and companies. Attorneys with Motley Rice, one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ firms, pioneered asbestos litigation in the 1970s and have decades of experience negotiating settlements with dozens of bankrupted asbestos companies that established asbestos trusts to compensate victims.
Timothy Hale is a partner at Nye, Stirling, Hale & Miller, where he dedicates his practice to representing survivors of childhood and adult sexual abuse. A tireless advocate, Tim was a member of the steering committee in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and San Diego Diocese lawsuits. These lawsuits resulted in the largest global settlements for survivors against the Catholic Church in the history of the United States. Tim was also trial and lead appellate counsel in In re Clergy Cases I, John Doe 1 et al. v. Franciscan Friars of California, Inc., et al.. The case resulted in a $28.4 million settlement with the Friars and a landmark appellate decision compelling the production of confidential priests personnel files that concealed decades of abuse.
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Jonathan Miller is a partner at Nye, Stirling, Hale & Miller, where he handles complex litigation. Jonathan attended Catholic School, was a Boy Scout, and received his undergraduate and law degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Having seen these institutions affected by perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse, Jonathan makes it a priority to represent survivors in pursuing their claims. Jonathan was trial counsel in Doe v. Boy Scouts of America, which uncovered 25 years of hidden abuse files maintained by the Scouts and resulted in a significant confidential settlement. Jonathan enjoys an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given practicing attorneys by their peers in terms of both professional competence and ethics.
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Daniel R. Lapinski
Dan represents victims of child sexual abuse who seek to hold abusers and abuse enablers accountable in civil court under “window” laws. Newly enacted in many states and pending in others, these laws extend the number of years available for victims to file a child sexual abuse claim by opening a statute of limitations window for a finite period of time. A mass tort attorney with nearly 20 years of litigation experience in state, federal and appellate courts, Dan’s practice also includes representing victims harmed by dangerous pharmaceutical products and defective medical devices. He is a leader in multiple complex consumer actions, including being a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for products proton-pump inhibitor, Johnson & Johnson talcum powder, and NexGen knee implant MDLs. His perspective and approach to litigation is shaped by his previous experience as a surgical representative for a major medical device manufacturer.
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