Boy Scouts of America Filed for Bankruptcy
On February 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of lawsuits brought by survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We had filed many of those lawsuits on behalf of our clients and we will be actively involved with the bankruptcy proceedings.
What Does the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Mean for Abuse Survivors?
If you were abused by a Scout leader please know a “bankruptcy” only means the Boy Scouts are facing so many lawsuits that they need a bankruptcy judge to decide a fair way to divide their substantial assets and insurance among the abuse survivors who file claims. A “bankruptcy” does not mean abuse survivors will receive no compensation if they file a claim. Some reports state the Boy Scouts have more than $1 billion in assets that may be available to compensate abuse survivors, plus their insurance. In order to quality for compensation you must file a claim with the bankruptcy court and you will likely need to file a claim by a “bar date” deadline that is set by the bankruptcy judge. The deadline may be significantly shorter than the time you would otherwise have to file a claim under state law, which we believe is one of the reasons the Boy Scouts have filed for bankruptcy.
You can also read the bankruptcy petitions and our answers to frequently asked questions by clicking here.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused by a Scout leader or someone associated with the Scouts please contact us to learn your options and to ensure your rights are protected.
Interviews Regarding the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy: Some of our clients have decided to speak out regarding the Boy Scouts bankruptcy and what it means to them. Our lawyers have also been featured in a number of news stories about the bankruptcy because of our long history of helping Boy Scout abuse survivors and our work in a large number of the Catholic bankruptcies. You can read or watch some of the stories by clicking on the links below:
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy. Hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits are now on hold” (CNN)
- “Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward” (AP)
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid sexual abuse lawsuits” (CBS)
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy after sex abuse lawsuits” (Fox News)
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid wave of potential lawsuits” (Washington Post)
- “Why the Boy Scouts Are Bankrupt and What It Means For Families” (Yahoo News)
You can read more stories regarding our clients who have decided to speak publicly, as well as more interviews with our attorneys, by clicking here.
Historic Day!! We have filed some of the first lawsuits against the Boy Scouts under California’s new law for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Under the new law, all survivors of childhood sexual abuse, regardless of their current age, are provided a three year “window” to file a civil lawsuit for the abuse they suffered. This “window” could be significantly shortened if a defendant files for bankruptcy, so please contact us right away for a free, confidential consultation to learn your options under this new law!!
The Associated Press published a story on the new law that features one of our attorneys, Michael T. Pfau, and one of our clients who survived abused in the Boy Scouts (he decided to speak out and be interviewed). You can read the story by clicking here.
We represent dozens of people who survived sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts in California. The attorneys listed on this website have a significant amount of experience helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and we currently represent dozens of people who will be filing claims against the Boy Scouts in California under the new law. If you or someone you love was sexually abused by a Scout leader or someone else associated with the Boy Scouts, please contact us to learn about the new law and to ensure your rights are protected. We provide a free, confidential legal consultation.
Read the Boy Scouts’ “Ineligible Volunteer” files for California. Since the early 1900s, the Boy Scouts of America maintained a list of individuals that it deemed to be “ineligible” to volunteer. Many of those individuals were added to the list over allegations of child sexual abuse.
Below are the names of individuals from that list who were associated with the Boy Scouts in California, along with a link to some or all of the file that the Boy Scouts maintained on each individual.
If you or someone you know were abused by a Boy Scout leader or volunteer, even if it was decades ago, please contact us for a free, confidential consultation to learn your options under the new law.