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The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy in February 2020.  We represent many people with claims against the Boy Scouts, including dozens whose lawsuits resulted in the bankruptcy, and we are actively involved with the bankruptcy process.  If you did not file a claim in the bankruptcy, please contact us to learn your legal options as you may still be able to pursue justice.  If you spoke with a lawyer who did not advise you of legal rights you may have against the Boy Scout “local councils” or sponsoring organizations, or if you do not know what those entities are, please contact us so we can explain your legal options.

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Attorneys for Abuse Survivors.
You are not alone, but you must act now.

The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy in February 2020.  We represent many people with claims against the Boy Scouts, including dozens whose lawsuits resulted in the bankruptcy, and we are actively involved with the bankruptcy process.  If you did not file a claim in the bankruptcy, please contact us to learn your legal options as you may still be able to pursue justice.  If you spoke with a lawyer who did not advise you of legal rights you may have against the Boy Scout “local councils” or sponsoring organizations, or if you do not know what those entities are, please contact us so we can explain your legal options.

Call (888) 416-7786 to schedule a confidential and free legal consultation.

OUR RECOMMENDATION TO OUR CLIENTS IS TO VOTE “NO”:  We will recommend that our clients vote “NO” on BSA’s proposed bankruptcy plan.  At the last possible minute, the BSA finally disclosed estimates of how much individual abuse survivors might actually receive under its proposed bankruptcy plan and the current proposed settlement fund.  The estimates show that some abuse survivors might receive $19, or less, and people who suffered the worst abuse would receive an average of $3,177 to $57,771 depending on where they were abused.

For people who were victims of some of the most egregious sexual abuse by a Scout leader, the estimated average ranges from $3,177 for people who were raped in a state like Utah, $10,110 for people who were raped in a state like Texas, Florida, or Michigan, to $57,771 for people who were raped in a state like California, New York, or New Jersey.  You can read more about these estimates, and calculate an estimate for your own claim, by clicking here.

“TCC Addresses The Lies in the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy”:

John and Doug, two abuse survivors who serve on the official Tort Claimants’ Committee (“TCC”), created this video to respond to claims that the BSA and its supporters are making about the BSA’s proposed plan.  The video is titled “TCC Addresses The Lies in the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy.”

Bankruptcy Court Rejects Key Portions of BSA’s Proposed Settlement and Foresees “Epic Confirmation Fight”:  On August 20, 2021, the bankruptcy court rejected key parts of the BSA’s proposed settlement, and noted BSA appears headed toward an “epic confirmation fight” if it does not take meaningful steps to address the objections raised by abuse survivors, insurers, and charter organizations.  The judge did not approve the BSA’s proposed settlement in any way, shape, or form:

“Let me emphasize the limited nature of my ruling today. I am being asked to approve Debtor’s entry into the RSA. I am not approving the term sheet, the fourth amended plan, any disclosure statement, or anything else, and the order I entered today does not suggest that I will do so or need to do so.”

She also cautioned that she may ultimately find that BSA was “wrong” to enter into a settlement agreement with some parties and she may reject some or all of BSA’s proposed plan:

“As I said in argument, a Court is particularly ill-suited to address strategic business decisions such as this one. Debtors may ultimately be wrong in their assessment, but that is not the test of business judgment. While in the words of Ms. Lauria, unless there are further resolutions, this case is headed toward an epic confirmation fight. Debtors choice of which fights to have is due some deference. Ultimately, whether any plan is confirmable is my decision.”

You can read the entirety of Judge Silverstein’s ruling by clicking here.

The Boy Scouts’ Latest Proposal Raises Serious Concerns for Abuse Survivors:  On July 1, 2021, the Boy Scouts announced a new proposal that would allow the Boy Scouts and their local councils to pay around $850 million to approximately 82,500 abuse survivors.  While $850 million may sound like a lot of money, such a settlement would result in abuse survivors receiving an average of around $10,000 from the Boy Scouts and their local councils.  Such compensation would be on the low end of how much has been paid in prior sexual abuse bankruptcies, if not the lowest by a wide margin.  Moreover, the Boy Scouts recently disclosed that the local councils have more than $1.8 billion in unrestricted net assets that could be available to pay abuse survivors, but the councils are collectively paying just $600 million.

If you filed a claim in the Boy Scout bankruptcy, and if you are represented by an attorney, please ask the attorney if they support this proposal, and if so, why they support it.  We and other law firms are going to demand that the Boy Scouts be transparent and tell abuse survivors how much each council is contributing, and if they are not contributing all of their unrestricted net assets, why not.  Abuse survivors deserve to know this very basic information before they decide whether to vote “yes” or “no” regarding this latest proposal.  If your attorney has questions, please ask them to contact us.

Our Objection to the BSA’s “Disclosure Statement”:  Under bankruptcy law, the Boy Scouts are required to tell abuse survivors how their legal claims will be affected by their bankruptcy.  After reading this “disclosure statement,” abuse survivors are supposed to be able to decide whether they want to vote for or against the Boy Scouts’ plan for emerging from bankruptcy.  On May 6, 2021, we filed an objection to the Boy Scouts’ disclosure statement because  it fails to provide abuse survivors even the most basic information they need to know in order to decide how to vote.  For example, the disclosure statement fails to disclose how much each local council is contributing to the bankruptcy so an abuse survivor with a claim against ABC Council can decide whether that council is contributing a fair amount of money in order to be a part of the bankruptcy.  The Boy Scouts also fail to disclose any details regarding the $650 million settlement they reached with the Hartford insurance company, which we believe is a small fraction of what Hartford should be paying (it works out to an average of $7,000 per abuse survivors).  You can read our objection by clicking here (clicking the link will open a new browser window with the PDF document).

Boy Scout Claim Numbers by State, Council, and Chartering Organization:  On March 11, 2021, the “Tort Claimants Committee,” which is a committee of abuse survivors appointed by the bankruptcy court to represent the interests of all abuse survivors, published a report that details the approximate number of claims filed in each state, the number of claims filed against each local council, and the number of claims filed against each chartering organization.  Some councils are facing more than 1,000 claims.  Please click here to read more about the report, including a link to download the whole report.

Boy Scouts File Proposed Bankruptcy Plan:  On March 1, 2021, the Boy Scouts filed their proposed plan to emerge from bankruptcy.  Please click here to read more about the proposed plan, including a link to download a copy of the plan.

Bankruptcy Deadline / Learn Your Legal Rights:  The bankruptcy court set a November 2020 deadline for abuse survivors to file a claim in the bankruptcy.  HOWEVER, you may still be able to pursue justice even if you missed that deadline because that deadline did NOT apply to the Boy Scout local councils or the “chartering organizations” who sponsored individual Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs.  Please contact us to learn your options.

Interviews Regarding the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy:  Some of our clients have decided to speak out regarding the Boy Scouts bankruptcy and what it means to them.  Our lawyers have also been featured in a number of news stories about the bankruptcy because of our long history of helping Boy Scout abuse survivors and our work in a large number of the Catholic bankruptcies.  You can read or watch some of the stories by clicking on the links below:

You can read more stories involving our clients and attorneys by clicking here.

News Coverage of our Clients and Attorneys

You can watch or read about some of our client’s stories, as well as interviews with some of our lawyers.  Our clients who are featured in these stories chose to come forward and share their experiences.

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