State Court Lawsuits Against New Orleans Archdiocese to Stay in Federal Court

by Frank E. Lamothe, III

New Orleans clergy abuse plaintiff can’t move bankruptcy-halted case out of federal court: judge, by Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune-New Orleans Advocate.

In May, 2020, more than two dozen clergy abuse lawsuits that had been filed in Orleans Parish civil court were halted because of the Archdiocese of New Orleans bankruptcy proceedings in federal court. The cases were moved to federal court. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has recently ruled on a plaintiff’s lawsuit asking that his case be moved back to state court. The Judge ruled that sending the suit back to Orleans Parish civil court was “inappropriate at this time” because the halt to such cases by the bankruptcy had not been lifted. This halt prevents the case from progressing no matter where it was filed. He also said it was appropriate to keep all of the claims against the New Orleans Archdiocese in a single courthouse.

If you or someone you know endured sexual assault or abuse at the hands of a clergy member or other employee of the Archdiocese of New Orleans at any time, PLEASE CONTACT US TODAY so we can help you file your claim. A tentative deadline of September 29, 2020 has been set by which all claims must be filed.

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