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Attorney: Clergy abuse victims shut out of deal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney representing clergy sexual abuse victims says his clients were shut out of negotiations between the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and one of its major insurers.

The archdiocese faces claims in federal bankruptcy court from hundreds of sexual abuse victims who have accused it of transferring abusive priests to new churches and covering up their crimes.

The archdiocese said in court documents filed Monday that it has reached a settlement with Lloyd’s, of London, which issued policies during the 1960s and 1970s, when much of the abuse occurred.

Attorney Mike Finnegan said he had no involvement in those negotiations and fears the deal will benefit the archdiocese and Lloyd’s, but not the abuse victims Finnegan represents.

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