Boy Scouts of America is proposing to pay roughly $220 million toward a trust to compensate tens of thousands of former members who say they were abused during their time as scouts.
That amounts to about $6,000 per victim, a sum deemed “woefully inadequate” by a committee that represents survivors. Lawyers for the former scouts were plainly hoping for much more.
“It clearly should be in the range of six-figures to seven-figures,” said Paul Mones, a Portland lawyer who pioneered the sex abuse cases against the scouts. From the time I first got involved in these cases in 2004, it was clear to me that there was a level of arrogance that was incredible and it just wouldn’t go away no matter how many times they lost in court,” Mones added. “That is reflected in this bankruptcy plan.”View news article Opens in a new window