CALIFORNIA DIOCESE IN $100M SETTLEMENT
A record breaking, $100-million clergy sex abuse settlement between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and 87 plaintiffs brought some measure of relief to long suffering families Friday, but legal experts differed over whether the blockbuster deal would help resolve a huge backlog of cases in California. The agreement was reached late Thursday and it is expected to be finalized as soon as Monday. The agreement surpasses the previous record of $85 million awarded to 552 victims of clergy abuse in Boston in 2003.
(Los Angeles, California)