On February 18, 2020, The Boy Scouts of America reported that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to allegations of child sexual abuse spanning over several decades. The Boy Scouts of America has already issued a public apology to anyone that was harmed and encourages alleged victims to come forward to the organization. In a public statement, it said, “we can live up to our social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims” while “also ensuring that we carry out our mission to serve youth, families and local communities through our programs.” Sadly, The Boy Scouts of America has joined the many other prominent organizations now embroiled in widespread litigation sparked in the wake of the #MeToo Movement and an emerging national conversation centered on the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence among women, children, and other vulnerable populations.
Due to its bankruptcy filing, The Boy Scouts of America will now consolidate all of the lawsuits into one court. Because of this, it is important to understand whether or not someone has a claim against The Boy Scouts of America for sexual abuse and to ensure that the claim will be properly joined in that court. The consolidation strategy in this context is a common one and has been used by other organizations, including more than twenty Catholic dioceses and the USA Gymnastics.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual abuse, call Abraham Watkins today. It is imperative that you find a law firm to manage your claim as soon as possible following an incident of this nature. Further, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling these cases to ensure that companies are held fully accountable. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at (713) 222-7211 or 713-222-7211 for your free consultation.