Eighty-eight more plaintiffs have settled their lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Boston for a total of $6.6 million, or an average of $75,000 each. There goes more of the faithful Boston Catholics’ money.
The individual payouts will range from $5,000 to $200,000. Just a few weeks ago, one of the professional “shark” representing the plaintiffs, Mitchell Garabedian, complained that participants in the $85 million settlement in 2003 got a much bigger individual slice, but now he “grudgingly” accepts the lower amount.
“They are extremely disappointed by the low settlement offer made by the archdiocese, but they realize they should try to obtain some type of closure and move on with their lives,” said attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents 28 of the 88 claimants. “The low amount offered by the archdiocese only reaffirms the victim’s feelings that the church doesn’t care about them,” he said.
Because the only measure of care and concern is the size of the check you write. If all they wanted was closure and to move on, then what does the size of the settlement matter? What price can you put on the abuse they suffered?
At an average of $75,000 each and based on the typical 1/3rd retainer, Garabedian is looking at a $630,000 payday to go on top of the millions he earned on the previous settlement. And, oh look, there are 100 more lawsuits still pending. As long as there’s money left in the till, the sharks will keep circling and there will always be new lawsuits.
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