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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.