On February 18, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for bankruptcy. As the attorney responsible for winning the largest verdict ever against the BSA, Attorney Paul Mones has been interviewed by numerous members of the media about his experience suing the Boy Scouts, and the impact the BSA’s bankruptcy case will have on the ability of abuse victim-survivors to seek justice.
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy. Hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits are now on hold
Laura Ly | CNN
The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, according to a court document filed in Delaware bankruptcy court early Tuesday. The youth organization, which celebrated its 110th anniversary February 8, listed liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million and estimated assets of $1 billion to $10 billion. The bankruptcy filing comes at a time when the organization faces hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, thousands of alleged abuse victims and dwindling membership numbers. As a result of the filing, all civil litigation against the organization is suspended. Paul Mones, a Los Angeles-based attorney representing “hundreds of sexual abuse victims in individual lawsuits,” called the organization’s bankruptcy filing a “tragedy.”
Letter from the Editor: ‘That was the dam that broke the Boy Scouts’
Therese Bottomly | The Oregonian/OregonLive
The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy reorganization last week, the end result of a downfall that arguably started with a public access case The Oregonian spearheaded. “That was the dam that broke the Boy Scouts,” said attorney Paul Mones. Back in 2010, Mones won a large verdict against the Boy Scouts for a Portland man who said he was molested as a child by a Scoutmaster. The nearly $20 million judgment from an Oregon jury was the largest ever against the Scouts.
Retracing the Boy Scouts’ Path to Bankruptcy
Joseph De Avila | Wall Street Journal
The Boy Scouts of America was dogged by sex-abuse claims for more than 50 years before it implemented key child-safety policies in the late 1980s. Now, after more than a dozen states changed their statute-of-limitations laws in 2019 to allow lawsuits based on decades-old allegations, hundreds of men are coming forward to say they were abused decades ago.
There is no doubt that the BSA’s bankruptcy will have a significant impact on the organization’s victims. Attorney Mones and his team are prepared to help as many Boy Scout abuse victims as possible seek justice during the BSA’s bankruptcy case. Paul has years of experience handling abuse cases and a passion for seeing past wrongs righted.
Victims may be eligible for compensation, but Victims may be eligible for compensation, but may also get the satisfaction of knowing not only they are part of a movement that will help hold the Boy Scouts responsible for their misdeeds but as well raise consciousness on the issue of sexual abuse in order to help prevent that future generations of boys suffer a similar fate. When you have the strength to come forward, Paul and his team are ready to help.