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Creditors: Archdiocese excluded 73 victims from settlement

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Creditors in the Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy case say some clergy abuse victims have been excluded from the $21 million settlement announced last week.

Creditors committee members say about 73 victims they believed would be compensated when they negotiated the settlement won’t be compensated. Committee chairman Charles Linneman says members believed only victims who had received prior cash settlements from the church would not be compensated. That’s about 84 people.

That contradicts the statement issued by the archdiocese last week that said 157 individuals would not receive money.

Archdiocese attorney Frank LoCoco tells the Journal Sentinel that they are in talks with plaintiffs’ attorneys to determine how their clients would be treated under the settlement plan. He says some of the 157 individuals could eventually be compensated as a result.

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