On February 17, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy filing has had far-reaching implications for survivors of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Scout leaders and other adults within the organization. Even though the organization has addressed victims in its bankruptcy filing, this move has been viewed as a legal ploy or legal tool used by the BSA to avoid fully being exposed.
If you or a loved one alleges having been sexually abused by the BSA or its leaders, it is important that you fully understand the implications of the bankruptcy filing on your legal rights and ability to file suit.
The Impact of the Boys Scouts Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on Abuse Survivors
If you were abused by a Boy Scout leader or anyone associated with the BSA, the organization’s move to file bankruptcy could impact your rights. If you wish to recover any damages against the organization for past sexual abuse, your claim must now go through the United States Bankruptcy court. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has set a deadline of November 16, 2020 for filing such claims.
If any sexual abuse victim fails to file a proof of claim prior to this deadline, they could be denied recovery from the BSA. This claims bar date comes well before the State of New York’s new August 14, 2021 deadline for sexual abuse victims to file otherwise time barred cases.
This makes it even more important for victims of child sexual abuse to act immediately to protect their legal rights to recovery.
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