Judge orders mediation for Archdiocese, abuse victims, insurers


Mediation is the next stop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Just a few days after filing for bankruptcy protection, lawyers for the archdiocese, its insurance companies, and clergy sex abuse victims were ordered by a judge Tuesday to sit down with a mediator.

WCCO reports attorneys for both the archdiocese and the survivors of abuse applauded the move as the speediest path toward resolution of the claims against the church.

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Attorney Jeffrey Anderson, who represents many sex abuse victims, tells MPR News he's pleased that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel called for mediation immediately, without waiting for administrative costs and legal fees to pile up.

MPR notes insurers have disputed the claims the archdiocese has filed seeking money to help compensate victims.

Now it's retired magistrate Arthur Boylan who will try to broker a resolution of the case.

Boylan is an experienced mediator, having helped resolve the National Football League's 2011 lockout of its players by charting a course for a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Star Tribune reports Judge Kressel made note of that in naming Boylan to mediate the archdiocese's case, saying "If he can settle an NFL strike, he can settle most anything."

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