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$11.8 Million Verdict Against Boy Scouts For Sexual Abuse and Cover-up

March 17, 2015 

A Waterbury, CT, jury awarded a former boy scout $7 million in compensatory damages for the sexual molestation and assault he suffered in the mid-1970s at the hands of a Boy Scout youth leader.

The trial judge tacked on nearly $5 million in punitive damages, rendering a total verdict of $11.8 million against Boy Scouts of America. The compensatory damage amount is the largest known in the history of cases against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Attorney Paul A. Slager, a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and attorney Jennifer B. Goldstein, both of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP in Stamford, CT, represented the anonymous victim, John Doe, against the local Fairfield County Council of Boy Scouts of America and the Connecticut Yankee Council, Inc., to which the plaintiff belonged as a youth, in addition to the Boy Scouts of America.