The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has revealed that it has spent over $19 million in legal fees and associated expenses in connection with its bankruptcy filing.
In new documents submitted to a federal bankruptcy court, the
archdiocese proposed a payment of $4 million to 125 sex-abuse victims.
That payment represents a relatively small payment for each individual
plaintiff, in comparison with other diocesan settlements; it also allows
no cash settlements for more than 400 other people who have lodged
Lawyers for abuse victims have criticized the
archdiocesan proposal, saying that more funds should be made available
to the victims.
If the court sides with the victims' lawyers and rejects the proposed
settlement, the archdiocese will incur greater legal costs in the