Category: Bankruptcy

Final Filing Deadline Set for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Bankruptcy

All Sexual Abuse Claims Must be Filed by November 10, 2022 or Be Barred Forever

A federal bankruptcy court judge has ordered all sexual abuse claims against the 138-year old Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in New York City to be filed no later than November 10, 2022.  The ruling comes after the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, filed for Chapter 11 protection due to the nearly 150 sexual abuse lawsuits filed against it.

The November 10 date is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Madison Square Club will be forever immune from suit in any sexual abuse claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after November 10, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in youth organizations, particularly those purporting to help vulnerable kids like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.  The Madison Square Boys & Girls Club filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2022.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by employees and volunteers at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Diocese of Camden Settlement Horowitz Law

NJ Diocese of Camden Agrees to One of the Largest Cash Settlements For Sex Abuse Claims

Over 300 alleged sexual abuse victims got some relief on April 19, 2022, when the New Jersey Diocese of Camden agreed to pay $87.5 million to settle claims involving clergy sex abuse. The agreement was filed with US Bankruptcy Court in Camden but still must go for approval before a US bankruptcy judge. Notably, the Diocese of Camden left its insurers out of the settlement, meaning survivors can get paid by the Diocese and still preserve their claims against the Diocese’s insurance carriers.  This may become the new model for settlements in bankruptcies as insurance carriers are becoming increasingly difficult to negotiate with – and the Dioceses are often anxious to get out from under the burden and expense of bankruptcy.

The Diocese of Camden, which encompasses six counties in southern New Jersey, filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection to resolve all outstanding claims of sexual abuse back in October 2020. This came about after the Diocese received dozens of claims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy within the six counties. The number of clams has since grown, stemming from the extended final bar date ending about one year ago. 

According to media reports, the details of each case were not released; however, it notes that the alleged sexual abuse occurred from the 1950s to the 1990s, with the height being in the 1960s and 1970s. The diocese reported that the deal calls for setting up a trust, which will be funded over four years by the diocese and “related Catholic entities” to compensate over 300 survivors of sexual abuse. Part of the deal also requires maintaining or “enhancing” protocols to protect children. Abuse survivors who filed a claim in the bankruptcy before June 2021 could be looking at average settlement of approximately $290,000.

Bishop Dennis Sullivan stated in a press statement, “I want to express my sincere apology to all those who have been affected by sexual abuse in our diocese. My prayers go out to all survivors of abuse, and I pledge my continuing commitment to ensure that this terrible chapter in the history of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, never happens again.”

In 2019, New Jersey’s five Catholic Dioceses listed more than 180 priests combined who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors over several decades. Many priests listed were deceased, and others were removed from ministry. Those that were not found to be credible were most likely moved to a new parish.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergies nationwide. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse.  Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today. We can help.

Norwich Diocese bankruptcy Horowitz Law

Norwich Diocese Bankruptcy Filing Deadline is March 15

The deadline is rapidly approaching to file a claim in the Diocese of Norwich Bankruptcy.  

Don’t miss out on your last chance for justice.

Call us now. 

The filing deadline for all sexual abuse claims against the Diocese of Norwich is rapidly approaching. By March 15, 2022, anyone who believes they were the victim of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or some other type of “sexualized interaction” with a priest, nun, brother, other cleric, employee, or volunteer of the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut must file a claim with the bankruptcy court or be shut out from seeking justice forever.

Often referred to as a “bar date,” the strict March 15 filing deadline is one of the benefits that the Diocese receives from having filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition last year.  The date is referred to as the “bar date” because all claims by creditors – including by people who were victims of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Diocese of Norwich – are forever barred from filing a lawsuit after that date.

Even if the Connecticut statute of limitations ever changes to allow previously-expired suits to be filed with the court, anyone with a claim against the Diocese of Norwich will be forbidden from filing a lawsuit against the Diocese because they missed the March 15 bankruptcy bar date.

This is, to put it plainly, your very last chance for accountability if you have been hurt by anyone associated with the Diocese of Norwich.

That is why it is critically important that you contact on of our experienced attorneys to discuss your legal rights and options, especially if you are not sure if the bar date applies to you.  The definition of potential claimants is very broad in a bankruptcy proceeding so that the largest number of survivors can be helped.  But it is very important that you contact us sooner rather than later so that we have ample time to prepare the best and most complete claim possible for you.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is a tactic we have seen used all over the country by Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders to protect itself.  The debtor-diocese receives the protection of the bar date, but also often escapes the public scrutiny of its secrets and coverups becoming public.  The priest personnel files and other relevant documents that a diocese may have to produce during regular litigation are often kept under lock and key by bankruptcy courts, never to be disclosed to the public. Make your voice heard now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  The Diocese of Norwich filed for federal bankruptcy protection in 2021 and a federal judge has set the final filing deadline of March 15, 2022.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Norwich Diocese.

Do not miss this final filing deadline.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. John Connor – Diocese of Camden

Father John “Jack” Connor
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1962

Restricted ministry: 1993

Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Francis of Assisi (Vineland, NJ)
  • St. Mary (Gloucester, NJ)
  • Paul VI High School, Haddon Township, NJ)
  • St. Rose (Haddon Heights, NJ)
  • Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • St. John (Collingswood, NJ)
  • Transferred to the Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • St. Alphonsus (Wexford, PA)
  • St. James, Sewickley, PA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Bridgton, NJ)
  • St. Teresa of Avila, Bridgeton (NJ)
  • Sacred Heart Priest Residence (NJ)
  • Chaplain Bridgeton/Millville Hospitals (ME)
  • Vianney Renewal Center (Dittmer, MO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John “Jack” Connor:

John “Jack” Connor was ordained a priest in 1962 for the Diocese of Camden. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 1984 he was arrested on charges of molesting a 14-year-old boy during a weekend trip to Cape May. At the time, Connor was a theology teacher and golf coach at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken. He admitted the abuse and was placed in a special court program under which his arrest was expunged after a period of good behavior.

According to the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, after Connor’s arrest, the Diocese of Camden Bishop, George H. Guilfoyle, transferred Connor to the Pittsburgh Diocese, then headed by Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua. A church memo called the transfer a “tradition of bishops helping bishops.”

When Bevilacqua took over the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Connor followed him. Bevilacqua told his new pastor in Conshohocken that Connor needed to be near his sick mother – saying nothing about sex abuse. At that parish, Connor singled out a boy for attention and gifts. The boy’s mother became convinced that Connor had molested her son, though the boy denied it.

Connor was removed from ministry in 2002 following the coverage of the scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston.  A Philadelphia grand jury later said Bevilacqua had been “untruthful” when he claimed a lack of knowledge about Connor’s past.

After learning that a lawsuit was in the works, the grand jury said Bevilacqua shipped Connor back to the Diocese of Camden in 1993. There, church officials placed him in “restricted ministry,” limiting his contact with children by making him a hospital chaplain in Bridgeton.

Connor’s name appears on the February 2019 Diocese of Camden list of credibly accused priests. According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

He is now believed to be residing in a retirement community for priests in New Jersey.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so please do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Norwich Diocese bankruptcy Horowitz Law

Filing Deadline Set for Norwich Diocese Sexual Abuse Claims

A federal bankruptcy court judge has ordered all sexual abuse claims against the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut to be filed no later than March 15, 2022.  This is a strict filing deadline referred to as a “bar date” because all claims against the Diocese of Norwich will be forever barred after that date.

The Diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2021 as it faced more than 60 lawsuits filed by young men who charge they were sexually assaulted as boys by Christian Brothers and other staff at the diocese-run Mount Saint John Academy in Deep River from 1990 to 2002. Mount Saint John was a residential school for troubled boys whose board of directors was headed by retired Bishop of Norwich Daniel Reilly. Since then, additional people whose sexual assault allegations involved not only Mount Saint John but Diocesan churches have filed claims in the bankruptcy case.

Horowitz Law is representing survivors of abuse throughout the Diocese of Norwich.

Contrary to what you might think, a bankruptcy filing does not mean the Diocese of Norwich is broke: it means the Diocese is asking for the Bankruptcy Court for help resolving the rest of the sexual abuse claims against it.  Its assets will be allocated among all of its creditors, including an unknown number of sexual abuse claimants who file claims by March 15, 2022.

It is also a means by which a Catholic Diocese can continue to protect itself and its secrets, and, for that reason it is often criticized by survivor advocates and attorneys.  The Diocese of Norwich will not likely have to publicize any priest personnel files as part of this process, for example.

Through our own investigation at Horowitz Law, we have identified at least 58 clergy who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the Diocese of Norwich.

The March 15, 2022, filing is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Diocese will be forever immune from suit in any sexual abuse claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after March 15, 2022, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Diocese of Norwich, including laypeople and teachers.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

The March 15, 2022, deadline is a strict filing deadline set by the Court and will not likely be extended by the Court for any reason.  Therefore, you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential consultation about your legal options as a survivor of abuse in the Norwich Diocese.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  The Diocese of Norwich filed for federal bankruptcy protection in July 2021.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Diocese of Norwich.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Norwich Diocese bankruptcy Horowitz Law

Norwich Diocese Abruptly Ends “Independent” Sex Abuse Audit

The Investigation, Which Began in Late 2019, Is Suddenly Called Off Mere Days after Norwich Diocese Files For Bankruptcy

On July 31, 2021, the Diocese of Norwich announced that it had abruptly ended a nearly two-year long “independent” audit and investigation into the Diocese’s handling of sexual abuse allegations since its formation in 1953.  Bishop Michael Cote previously told media and parishioners that he ordered the investigation as a means of healing the deep wounds of clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese, and of learning the lessons that could prevent it from happening again.

When we at Horowitz Law first heard about the Diocese of Norwich’s investigation, we hoped for the best.     Bishop Cote said all of the right things, using words like “accountability” and “transparency.”  We hoped the Norwich Diocese realized it was time to end its strategy of death by a thousand paper cuts, and to lay itself bare and accept its penance for what had happened to so many innocent children entrusted to the care of its clergy.  Our firm has already identified 58 priests and clergy who have been accused of sexually abusing kids in the Norwich Diocese, more than even the Diocese of Norwich itself has disclosed.

But we knew better.  After all, the timing of Bishop Cote’s announcement was random, to say the least, coming more than a year after the investigation apparently began, and at a time when the news was sandwiched between presidential election coverage and COVID headlines. Thanks to COVID, no one was allowed to attend mass in person to hear his letter being read.  It all seemed too strategic, as if the Bishop hoped no one would notice his announcement and public pledges to truth… as if he knew it was nothing more than an empty promise in a year that had been full of so many other losses and disappointments.

The Bishop’s promise said a team of independent investigators, led by a respected former judge, were conducting a “comprehensive analysis and review of claims of clerical sexual abuse of minors, the Diocese’s knowledge of such abuse and its response to allegations and information presented to it concerning the alleged clergy abuse.” He also said investigators had been given “complete and unrestricted access to all Diocesan files, records, and archives dating from the establishment of the Diocese in 1953 to the present along with the opportunity to interview Diocesan clergy and administrators with information relevant to the investigation.”

Cote was applauded by some for his commitment to transparency and openness.  He promised the results of the investigation would be presented in a public report addressing the sexual abuse of minors by diocesan clergy as well as the response of Church leadership to that abuse.  It would name abusers who had not yet been named publicly. It would catalog the Diocese’s reactions and coverups “back then,” a phrase often uttered by bishops across the United States as if the passage of time should excuse what they did.

Then, after the November 2020 announcement, the cracks began to show.  They usually do.  The investigators made no commitments to speaking with abuse victims who had previously reported their abuse.  “It depends,” they said, on how many calls they received on a new hotline where victims could call and rip open their wounds to report their abuse again. Even then, the investigators might still decide not to talk to any of them.

Almost nine months to the day after Bishop Cote and the Diocese of Norwich announced the investigation and made public promises of transparency, and well before any reports or findings have ever been made public, Bishop Cote said ‘no more.’  The investigation is all over as randomly as it came to be known.  No more transparency, no more truth, no more healing.  The secrets will remain secret.

The priority for the Diocese now?  Protecting its assets.  On July 15, 2021, the Diocese of Norwich quietly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the number of sex abuse claims filed against it.  Unlike in a traditional lawsuit filed by a survivor of sexual abuse against the Diocese, the Diocese’s priest personnel files will not likely be turned over to anyone for review.  Unlike in many states, the Connecticut Attorney General has no authority to conduct an investigation into any of the state’s three Catholic Dioceses.  The files where the abuse reports are kept will probably never be seen by anyone outside of the Diocese’s inner sanctum now.  They will remain buried in the Diocese’s archives and away from the eyes of the general public.  After the bankruptcy filing deadline, no one can ever sue the Diocese for past abuse ever again. No one will ever know what they did. That’s what they want.  To keep their money and their secrets.

But we all know what they did.  So now we lawyers get our metaphorical shovels and start digging for those secrets as best as we can.  Our clients deserve that, even if the Diocese doesn’t think so.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Norwich Diocese bankruptcy Horowitz Law

Norwich (CT) Diocese is latest to seek Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, the Diocese of Norwich filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest in a slew of Catholic dioceses to do so.  Citing the number of lawsuits that have been filed against it in recent years, along with ongoing discussion about another change in the statute of limitations that would allow more sex abuse survivors to file suit, Bishop Michael Cote says he was left with no other choice.

There are more than 60 lawsuits now pending against the Diocese, according to media reports.  The majority of the ongoing sexual abuse allegations were filed by people who say they were sexually abused at Academy Mount St. John by Brother Paul McGlade and music teacher Brother Pascal Alford.  Two other staff members are named in at least one other suit. The suits claim individuals were between 10-15 years old when victimized between 1986 and 2000 while they attended the academy, which then served as a residential boarding school.

It is a common misconception that a Chapter 11 filing means an entity, like the Diocese of Norwich, has run out of money, leaving sexual abuse claimants without any recourse.  But that is not true.  The claim is simply decided in an alternative process run by the federal bankruptcy court, rather than by a jury trial in a state court, and the insurance carriers who typically pay sexual abuse claims on behalf the diocese will be much more involved.  The amounts paid to survivors in a bankruptcy filing are often much less than in a traditional court case, however.

The Norwich Diocese bankruptcy filing, which comes more than two years after the first Academy Mount St. John lawsuit was filed, is not without its critics, and rightfully so.  Horowitz Law represents survivors of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Norwich.  Attorney Adam Horowitz said, “Bankruptcy is the latest ploy by the Catholic Church to reduce its legal exposure for covering up clergy sexual abuse nationwide. They evade responsibility and the bankruptcy lawyers get money the survivors of sexual abuse should be getting.  They were the ones who were hurt.  Plus, in a bankruptcy proceeding, the Church can also conceal evidence of its neglect in the handling of sexually abusive priests because the turnover of the diocese’s internal personnel files is not as important as it is in a regular lawsuit.”

Another advantage to the Diocese is the right to be free of additional sexual abuse litigation indefinitely once the case closes.  Once a claims filing deadline has been set by the court, that will be the very last chance most survivors of clergy sexual abuse and exploitation will ever have to get some measure of accountability for what happened to them.  After that date passes, the Diocese will not be subject to liability for any additional claims that arose before the bankruptcy filing, even if other laws would otherwise a lawsuit to be filed, like a change in the statute of limitations.  So it is critically important that you not delay in contacting us today.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy of all religious denominations, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy claims.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member or employee of the Diocese of Norwich, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Diocese of Rockville Centre Horowitz Law

Sex Abuse Claims Filing Deadline Set in Rockville Centre Diocese Bankruptcy

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court set the deadline for filing all sexual abuse claims against Rockville Center’s Diocese for August 14, 2021. The Diocese filed for Chapter 11 protection earlier this year to resolve all pending sex abuse claims against the Diocese with the bankruptcy court’s assistance. This bankruptcy impacts the rights of Sexual Abuse Survivors against the Diocese in the case, In re: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York.

Contrary to what you might think, a bankruptcy filing does not mean the Diocese is broke: it implies the Diocese is asking for the Bankruptcy Court for help resolving the rest of the sexual abuse claims against it. Its assets will be allocated among all of its creditors, including an unknown number of sexual abuse claimants, known and unknown. It is also a means by which a Catholic Diocese can continue to protect itself and its secrets. For that reason, it is often criticized by survivor advocates and attorneys. The Diocese of Rockville Centre will not likely have to publicize any priest personnel files as part of this process, for example.

The August 14 filing deadline is also referred to as a “bar date” in bankruptcy law. It is a strict, non-negotiable deadline by which all existing claims must be filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre, or claimants will be forever barred from seeking relief in the future. Regardless of how old the sexual abuse survivor is today or when the abuse occurred, they need to file their claim to receive it by 5 pm on that day. If the victims do not file a timely Sexual Abuse Claim, they may lose rights against the Diocese and Diocese related entities, including any right to compensation. Anyone who was sexually abused on or before October 1, 2020, and believes the Diocese may be responsible for the sexual abuse must file a claim.

For survivors of sexual abuse by anyone employed by the Diocese of Rockville Centre such as a priest, teacher, sacristan, or lay volunteer, this likely means that even if New York lawmakers extend the statute of limitations and otherwise allow you to file a lawsuit, your claim will barred by the bankruptcy bar date. That makes it critically important for anyone who a Rockville Centre Diocese employee victimized to contact competent counsel as soon as possible to discuss your options: the fact is that you probably won’t have any options after August 14, 2021.

The August 14 deadline is a strict filing deadline set by the Court and will not likely be extended by the Court for any reason. Therefore, you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential consultation about your legal options as a survivor of abuse in the Rockville Centre Diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and throughout New York.  The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for federal bankruptcy protection in October 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Rockville Centre will never be able to take against against the Diocese of Rockville Centre if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

NOLA Cathedral Horowitz Law

New Orleans Archdiocese March 1 Filing Deadline Rapidly Approaching

The filing deadline for all sexual abuse claims against the Archdiocese of New Orleans is rapidly approaching. By March 1, 2021, anyone who believes they were the victim of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or some other type of “sexualized interaction” with a priest, nun, brother, other cleric, employee, or volunteer of the Archdiocese of New Orleans must file a claim with the bankruptcy court or be shut out from justice forever.

Often referred to as a “bar date,” the strict March 1 filing deadline is one of the benefits that the Archdiocese receives from having filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition last year.  The date is referred to as the “bar date” because all claims by creditors – including by people who were victims of childhood sexual abuse – are forever barred after that date.  Even if the Louisiana statute of limitations were ever to change in order to allow previously-expired suits to be filed with the court, anyone with a claim against the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be forbidden from filing a lawsuit because they missed the March 1 bankruptcy bar date.

This is, to put it plainly, your very last chance for accountability if you have been hurt by anyone associated with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

That is why it is critically important that you contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights and options, even if you are not sure whether you have a case or not.  The definition of potential claimants is very broad in a bankruptcy proceeding so that the largest number of survivors can be helped.  But it is very important that you contact us sooner rather than later so that we have ample time to prepare the best and most complete claim possible for you.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is a tactic we have seen being used all over the country by Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders to protect itself.  The debtor-diocese receives the protection of the bar date, but also often escapes the public scrutiny of its secrets and coverups becoming public.  The priest personnel files and other relevant documents that a diocese may have to produce during regular litigation are often kept under lock and key by bankruptcy courts, never to be disclosed to the public.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Diocese of Camden Horowitz Law

Sex Abuse Claims Filing Deadline Set in Camden Diocese Bankruptcy

On Friday, February 12, 2021, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court set the deadline for filing all sexual abuse claims against the Diocese of Camden for June 30, 2021. The Diocese filed for Chapter 11 protection earlier this year to resolve all pending sex abuse claims against the Diocese with the bankruptcy court’s assistance. It cited revenue losses because of the millions it paid out to clergy abuse victims and the pandemic. They tried to get the deadline moved up to February but was denied. Camden’s Diocese has nearly 500,000 members across 62 parishes in southern New Jersey’s Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties.

Contrary to what you might think, a bankruptcy filing does not mean the Diocese is broke: it means the Diocese is asking for the Bankruptcy Court for help resolving the rest of the sexual abuse claims against it. Its assets will be allocated among all of its creditors, including an unknown number of sexual abuse claimants, known and unknown.

It is also a means by which a Catholic Diocese can continue to protect itself and its secrets. For that reason, it is often criticized by survivor advocates and attorneys. The Diocese of Camden will not likely have to publicize any priest personnel files as part of this process, for example.

The June 30 filing deadline is also referred to as a “bar date” in bankruptcy law. It is a strict, non-negotiable deadline by which all existing claims must be filed against the Diocese of Camden, or claimants will be forever barred from seeking relief in the future.

For survivors of sexual abuse by anyone employed by the Diocese of Camden such as a priest, teacher, sacristan, or lay volunteer, this likely means that even if New Jersey lawmakers extend the statute of limitations and otherwise allow you to file a lawsuit, your claim will barred by the bankruptcy bar date. That makes it critically important for anyone who a Camden Diocese employee victimized to contact competent counsel as soon as possible to discuss your options: the fact is that you probably won’t have any options after June 30, 2021.

While the exact class of persons who can file a claim in the bankruptcy is not yet defined, it is expected that those sexually assaulted by Diocese employees as an adult, as well as the estates of deceased victims, will be able to file claims.

The June 30th deadline is a strict filing deadline set by the Court and will not likely be extended by the Court for any reason.  Therefore, you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential consultation about your legal options as a survivor of abuse in the Camden Diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden and throughout New Jersey.  The Diocese of Camden filed for federal bankruptcy protection in October 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Camden may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Camden will never be able to take against against the Diocese of Camden if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.