November 12, 2020 – Attorneys Working with ClassAction.org No Longer Accepting Inquiries
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are no longer accepting inquiries into this matter as the deadline for filing claims with the bankruptcy fund (November 16, 2020, 5 p.m. EST) is quickly approaching. If you have questions regarding your rights, please visit the Boy Scouts of America’s restructuring website or contact an attorney in your area for more information. The information below is for reference only.
At A Glance
This Alert Affects:
Anyone who was sexually abused as a member of the Boy Scouts of America or their related organizations such as Explorers, Sea Scouts and Venturing.
What’s Going On?
Abuse survivors can now file claims for the harm they suffered at the hands of the Boy Scouts of America. Claims can be filed regardless of the survivor’s age or location.
What’s the Deadline for Filing Claims?
You only have until 5 p.m. EST on November 16, 2020 to file a claim. Failure to file by this date means you may be barred from ever recovering compensation for the abuse you suffered.
If you were abused as a member of any organization affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, you now have a chance to file a claim for the harm you suffered.
ClassAction.org is working with experienced childhood abuse attorneys to help victims get justice; however, there is a limited amount of time to file your claim, so it’s important to act quickly. Read on for more information.
Who Can File a Claim with the Boy Scouts?
Anyone who was sexually abused in connection with scouting has the opportunity to file a claim for compensation. It does not matter how old you are now or which state you live in.
Further, the claims process is not limited to those who were abused by troop leaders. Individuals who were sexually abused at the hands of other scouts, assistant troop leaders, camp employees or volunteers are also permitted to file claims.
Those who were in organizations affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, including Explorers, Sea Scouts and Venturing, also have the opportunity to file claims.
The Boy Scouts of America has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As part of the proceedings, the organization intends to create a trust to pay claims filed by abuse survivors.
What’s Involved in Filing a Claim?
You will need to fill out a form that will require certain information from you, including, but not limited to:
The name of your abuser
Your history as a member of the Boy Scouts of America
Information regarding the abuse, including what happened and where it took place
Description of the harm you suffered as a result of the abuse, including damage to your physical or mental health, social relationships, ability to work, etc.
General personal history, including information on education and employment
It’s OK if you can’t remember all the details. Your attorney can advise you as to which parts of the form are most important to complete entirely and help gather any information that is not readily available. He or she can then help you complete the form honestly, appropriately and in a manner that best represents the harm you suffered and the damage the abuse caused.
What’s the Deadline for Filing Claims?
Sexual abuse claims filed in connection with the Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy proceedings must be filed by 5 p.m. EST on November 16, 2020.
If you fail to meet this deadline, you may be forever barred from recovering money for the abuse you endured.
What Firms Are Working with ClassAction.org?
The law firms working with ClassAction.org to handle claims on behalf of Boy Scout sexual abuse survivors are Nye, Sterling, Hale & Miller, LLP and Berger Montague. Nye, Sterling, Hale & Miller* is a nationally recognized leader in childhood sexual abuse cases. In fact, the firm was one of the first in the country to file lawsuits on behalf of people abused at the hands of the Catholic Church.
How Much Does an Attorney Cost?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are handling these cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means they will be paid only if your claim is approved. Their fee will be a percentage of your total award.
If you wish to file directly with the noticing agent website, that information can be found here.
*NSHM attorneys maintain licenses in California, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Alaska. In jurisdictions where NSHM attorneys are not licensed, the firm affiliates with local licensed counsel throughout the Country to prosecute cases on behalf of clients.