The Washington Post

Judge approves reorganiza­tion plan


A bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a

$2.46 billion reorganiza­tion plan proposed by the Boy Scouts of America, which would allow it to continue operating while compensati­ng tens of thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children while in the organizati­on.

Though legal hurdles remain, the ruling by Judge Laurie Selber Silverstei­n in Delaware marked an important milestone for the BSA, which sought bankruptcy protection more than two years ago to stave off a flood of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by Scout leaders and volunteers.

Lawyers for some of the victims said the amount an individual survivor may receive from the bankruptcy plan depends on multiple factors relating to the abuse. They said in a statement that funds for the settlement would come from Boy Scouts of America, local councils, insurers and organizati­ons that have chartered scouting troops and activities, including Catholic institutio­ns and parishes.

More than 80,000 men have filed claims, saying they were abused as children by troop leaders around the country.

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