MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An attorney for clergy sexual abuse victims suing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee says a judge's decision barring a victim who received money in mediation from seeking additional compensation will force his team to re-examine its cases.
U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa ruled Tuesday that a man who received $80,000 from the archdiocese through its mediation program couldn't pursue a claim in bankruptcy court.
The man claimed archdiocese officials committed fraud by lying to him in mediation. Randa's decision also bars evidence from mediation being used in the bankruptcy case.
Attorney Mike Finnegan says that means his team will have to look at other victims' claims to see if they too are based on events in mediation. If so, those victims might not be able to pursue their claims either.
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