Thursday, February 5, 2015

Nuns agree to pay $4.45M to settle abuse claims, including from Yakima plaintiff

YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima resident is among 232 plaintiffs who are part of a legal settlement against an order of Catholic nuns who allegedly sexually abused the plaintiffs in Montana.
The Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province agreed to pay $4.45 million to settle multiple claims of reputed abuse; the alleged abuse survivors must still approve the settlement.
Most of the alleged victims live in Montana, but others come from Washington, Canada and other areas throughout the United States.
Tamaki Law of Yakima represents 80 of the plaintiffs.
The settlement, reached Dec. 31, was released to the Yakima Herald-Republic on Tuesday. The Yakima plaintiff’s name was not revealed.
The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiffs were physically, sexually and emotionally abused by priests and nuns while the plaintiffs were boarding or day students at the Ursuline Academy in St. Ignatius, Mont. The Ursuline Sisters are headquartered in California and worked throughout the Western United States.

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