Milwaukee archdiocese seeks abuse settlements

Lawyers for abuse victims object to settlement talks.

CREATED Sep 14, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee may be poised for a settlement that could fast-track a resolution of its long-running bankruptcy case.

But a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says lawyers for sex-abuse victims who have claims against the church are objecting. The attorneys say any settlement talks must include victims.

The archdiocese has asked a judge to stay its lawsuit against insurance companies for 60 days. That would allow the parties to enter mediation.

But victims' attorneys oppose the stay because they want the case to keep moving forward. They're also concerned that if the victims are denied input, the archdiocese and insurance companies could agree on an unreasonably low settlement figure.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski says the church is committed to moving the bankruptcy forward.