Chicago Archdiocese Paying 10 Million in Settlements to McCormack Victims
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2017 –
Personal injury lawyers from Abels & Annes, P.C. and Levin, Riback Law Group, P.C. have settled six lawsuits stemming from sexual abuse perpetrated by now defrocked priest Daniel McCormack for $10 million total.
The victim with the most significant damages is receiving $2.8 million. The cases were resolved at pre-trial conferences in January and April of this year. The identity of the plaintiffs remains confidential.
Each lawsuit was brought against the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George alleging that they had roles in enabling defrocked priest Daniel McCormack to isolate and sexually abuse the victims when they were minors. McCormack pleaded guilty to charges related to the abuse of five minor boys in 2007 and was sentenced for his crimes. Numerous civil lawsuits have occurred with dozens of victims making allegations against McCormack in the last decade.
“We’re very happy for our clients. They now have some closure and can keep receiving counseling and other forms of help as needed,” said David Abels, a law partner at Abels & Annes, P.C.
“The resolution of these cases will help these young men go forward with attaining the successes for which they were destined before their childhood and innocence were robbed by Father Dan McCormack’s abuse,” said Robert Adelman, a law partner at Levin Riback Law Group, P.C.
The law firms continue to represent several victims in pending civil cases against the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Cardinal involving their failure to timely remove McCormack from access to children.