Hurley McKenna & Mertz Files Lawsuits on Behalf of Christian Brothers Sexual Abuse Victims
Last week, Hurley McKenna & Mertz filed lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of men who were sexually abuse as children at Brother Rice, Leo and St. Laurence high schools. Each of these high schools belonged to the Congregation of Christian Brothers. The Congregation of Christian Brothers and these high schools allowed sexual predators to abuse innocent children for decades by moving accused brothers between schools and failing to notify the proper authorities, among many other failures.
The Congregation of Christian Brothers declared bankruptcy in April 2011. As quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Hurley McKenna & Mertz partner Mark R. McKenna explained the significance of the bankruptcy filing:
“There has been difficulty determining what, if any, assets the Christian Brothers have to pay claims. We felt it was important to protect the rights of our clients to file this lawsuit right now.”
The attorneys of Hurley McKenna & Mertz are honored to represent these courageous men who suffered life-altering sexual abuse that could have been prevented if the Congregation of Christian Brothers had acted properly.