After more than three years of intense work, a group of attorneys representing approximately 475 sexual abuse survivors in claims against the Diocese of Rochester, New York, have negotiated a settlement to resolve the Diocese’s Chapter 11 case. The settlement provides that the Diocese and related entities will pay $55 million to a trust for the benefit of survivors and assign valuable insurance rights to that trust to pursue a more substantial recovery from the insurers. Read more
Burns Bowen Bair has been honored by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the top firms in Wisconsin for the practice of Insurance Law, earning a place on the annual Best Law Firms list. Read more
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MADISON, Wisconsin – Peer lawyers and the publishers of Best Lawyers have recognized two Burns Bowen Bair named partners in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and one of the most-respected guides to the legal industry.
Burns Bowen Bair has recently taken on a new pro bono project, representing three Afghan asylees who came to the United States via the Kabul airlift or shortly thereafter. Read more
The U.S. Trustee’s Office and two claimant groups filed objections to the proposed deal with the New Jersey Diocese and its insurers. They argue the settlement should be incorporated into the Diocese’s Chapter 11 plan instead of settled separately. The U.S. Trustee is claiming the deal is unreasonable and the two claimant groups argue that the deal would improperly force the claimants to give up their claims against insurance carriers and other parties. The other claimant group of abuse survivors disagree and argued the settlement cannot release their claims because under New Jersey law, the bankruptcy of an insured party does not release insurers from policy liability. “Thus, the statute contractually gives the survivors the opportunity to pursue claims directly against the insurers in the event insolvency of the Diocese prevents satisfaction of a judgment,” it stated.
In putting together its recent COVID article, Law 360 reached out to Burns Bowen Bair’s own Tim Burns to weigh in on this issue.
Tim Burns of Burns Bowen Bair LLP, who counsels policyholders, described what’s going on at the Seventh and Sixth Circuits — another federal appellate court that has put out several rulings — like a dinner scene in the 1983 comedy film, “Reuben, Reuben” where an arrogant upper middle class type drones on to a Scottish poet about taking a speed-reading course.
In a roundup of top New Jersey cases to watch in the coming year, Law360 lists a Roman Catholic diocese in southern New Jersey whose clergy have been accused of sexual abuse. The case is currently being litigated in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, with the diocese attempting to declare some of its assets off limits.
Law360 recently spoke to Burns Bowen Bair co-founder Tim Burns regarding a restaurant operator seeking relief from pandemic-related shutdown orders. The operator, Gavrilides Management Co. LLC, is seeking an appeal of a trial court’s July 2020 decision that said there needed to be tangible, physical damage to its properties in order to warrant coverage. Read more