A key listening to earlier than a Delaware choose might decide whether or not the Boy Scouts of America would possibly have the ability to emerge from chapter later this yr
DOVER, Del. — A key listening to earlier than a Delaware choose might decide whether or not the Boy Scouts of America would possibly have the ability to emerge from chapter later this yr.
The Boy Scouts, based mostly in Irving, Texas, sought chapter safety in February 2020 amid an onslaught of lawsuits by males who mentioned they had been sexually abused as youngsters.
Tuesday’s listening to was scheduled greater than a month in the past. It was known as for the choose to think about whether or not the Boy Scouts’ clarification of a reorganization plan, filed in July, contained adequate element for abuse claimants to make knowledgeable choices on whether or not to simply accept it.
However a number of key stakeholders are asking the choose to postpone the listening to for a minimum of three weeks to permit them time to evaluate and file objections to a brand new plan that was filed simply days in the past. The delay is being sought by the official victims committee, together with a number of regulation companies and insurance coverage corporations.
U.S. Chapter Decide Laura Selber Silverstein should determine whether or not to grant the postponement or proceed with the listening to on a disclosure assertion outlining the BSA’s reorganization plan. That listening to might final a number of days.
Two of the main modifications within the new plan are settlement agreements involving one of many group’s main insurers, The Hartford, and its former largest troop sponsor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, generally generally known as the Mormon church.
The Hartford has agreed to pay $787 million right into a fund for sexual abuse claimants, and the Mormon church has agreed to contribute $250 million. In change, each entities can be launched from any additional legal responsibility involving baby intercourse abuse claims filed by males who mentioned they had been molested many years in the past by scoutmasters and others.
The official victims committee describes the settlements as “grossly unfair.”