Mount Cashel abuse survivors win financial settlement
160 men from N.L. are part of group of 422 survivors from across North America
Men who were abused by Christian Brothers at the Mount Cashel Orphanage and several schools in St. John's have reached a settlement with the Roman Catholic organization.
The settlement is the result of the work of a committee that was set up last year after the Christian Brothers declared bankruptcy. The committee has represented 422 victims across North America, including about 160 victims from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Geoff Budden, the lawyer representing 90 of the N.L. victims, and a member of that committee, said the total financial settlement is worth $16.5 million.
The settlement will also enable the abuse survivors to continue lawsuits against other parties who may share responsibility for decades of abuse.
Budden added that about 70 other victims of abuse from Mount Cashel, represented by other lawyers, are involved in the same lawsuit.
Budden said he hopes his clients will receive their share of the settlement before Christmas 2013.
- A prior version of this story incorrectly indicated that the 70 other victims of Mount Cashel were not involved in this lawsuit.May 24, 2012 12:45 PM NT