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December 23, 2014
Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country, many of them alleging sexual abuse by scout leaders decades ago. Few such cases have gone to trial before a jury.
But now a Connecticut case has resulted in a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts. It's believed to be the largest compensatory damages verdict against the organization and the first Boy Scout case to go to a jury verdict in the Northeast.
However, attorneys hesitated to predict how the Waterbury Superior Court verdict might affect other cases.
Frank Bartlett Jr., of Bartlett Burns in Cheshire, has four pending cases against the Boy Scouts of America. "Every once in a while we get a jury verdict, but for every one out there, there are 10 times as many settlements and nobody knows the value except the actual attorneys involved in the case," said Bartlett. "Confidentiality gives defendants a step up on the negotiations."