July 16, 2007
A judge approved a $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse. This is the largest payout in the nationwide sex abuse scandal.
Some of the plaintiffs sobbed as the deal was formally approved, and a moment of silence was held for others who had died during the years of negotiations.
The deal came after more than five years of negotiations and is by far the largest payout by any diocese since the clergy abuse scandal emerged in Boston in 2002. The amount averages a little more than $1.3 million per plaintiff, although individual payouts will vary according to the severity and duration of the abuse alleged.