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January 29, 2015
Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country. 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.
A Waterbury jury awarded $7 million to a former Connecticut scout who claims he was sexually abused by his troop leader and an older scout in the mid-1970s. The jury found the Boy Scouts of America, based in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, liable for compensatory damages as well as for punitive damages for recklessness; the punitive damages will be determined at a later time by the judge.