AP: Delaware priest abuse cases settled

DOVER, Del. - August 4, 2011

Under the settlement, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales have agreed to pay $24.8 million to 39 plaintiffs who claimed they were abused by Oblate priests.

The settlement was announced Thursday, one week after a federal bankruptcy judge in Wilmington approved a $77 million settlement between the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and some 150 victims of priest sex abuse.

Earlier this year, the Delaware Supreme Court denied an appeal by the Oblates challenging a 2007 law that allows alleged victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits even though the normal time for doing so had expired.

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