Boy Scouts Insurance Companies Fail to Settle with Abuse Victims

The recently revealed financial woes of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) could prevent alleged sexual abuse victims from receiving compensation.

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The recently revealed financial woes of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) could prevent alleged sexual abuse victims from receiving compensation. Hurley McKenna & Mertz represents 11 former Scouts, each with monthly trials set in Cook County beginning on January 11, 2019. (* Court case numbers below)

Hurley McKenna & Mertz clients allege sexual abuse between the ages of 10 and 12 by their Scoutmaster, Thomas Hacker. Over the last six years, Hurley McKenna & Mertz clients have approached BSA and its insurers to discuss resolutions of their claims.

The Chicago-based law firm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, PC originally filed suit on behalf of 16 Boy Scouts in 2012, accusing the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Chicago Area Council of failing to protect scouts against a convicted serial pedophile, Thomas Hacker. Hacker died in prison in 2018 while serving a 100-year prison sentence in Illinois. The suit alleges that the Boy Scouts were aware of former Scoutmaster Thomas Hacker’s arrest in Indiana for sexual assault and battery of boys as early as February, 1970. The suit also alleges that, because of BSA’s inadequate screening system, Hacker re-surfaced as a Scoutmaster in Illinois and continued molesting boys — some as young as ten years old – for nearly a decade.

Hacker was convicted in 1989 of five counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault against three scouts, and was sentenced to two concurrent 50-year terms. Hacker was tried in Cook County in criminal case 1988 CR 6330.

Read the original complaint Doe v. Boy Scouts of America and Chicago Area filed by Hurley McKenna & Mertz here [https://www.scribd.com/document/326247307/Doe-v-Boy-Scouts-of-America-and-Chicago-Area

*JOHN DOE 7, Case No. 2018 L 215
JOHN DOE 8, Case No. 2018 L 214
JOHN DOE 9, Case No. 2018 L 228
JOHN DOE 11, Case No. 2018 L 226
JOHN DOE 12, Case No. 2018 L 229
JOHN DOE 13, Case No. 2018 L 208
JOHN DOE 14, Case No. 2018 L 210
JOHN DOE 15, Case No. 2018 L 232
JOHN DOE 16, Case No. 2018 L 205
JOHN DOE 17, Case No. 2018 L 209
JOHN DOE 18, Case No. 2018 L 230

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