Abuse survivors demand release from Diocese of Rochester bankruptcy process

A group of clergy abuse survivors have asked a federal judge to stay an order preventing their cases from being heard in state court during the Diocese of Rochester bankruptcy process.

Lawyers for the survivors on Wednesday filed a motion to allow twenty cases to be heard in state court, rather than as part of the bankruptcy case. They say the process has been too slow, describing “months of mediation shutdown.”

“The diocese and its insurers have not offered reasonable compensation to sexual abuse claimants through mediation,” they argue in court documents.

Lawyers say the mediation process would benefit from allowing “targeted and representative cases” to move forward in state court.

A spokesperson for the diocese offered a different assessment of the situation.

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