Norwich Diocese Bankruptcy Filing Deadline is March 15

| Feb 7, 2022 | Catholic Church

The deadline is rapidly approaching to file a claim in the Diocese of Norwich Bankruptcy.

Don’t miss out on your last chance for justice.

Call us now.

The filing deadline for all sexual abuse claims against the Diocese of Norwich is rapidly approaching. By March 15, 2022, anyone who believes they were the victim of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or some other type of “sexualized interaction” with a priest, nun, brother, other cleric, employee, or volunteer of the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut must file a claim with the bankruptcy court or be shut out from seeking justice forever.

Often referred to as a “bar date,” the strict March 15 filing deadline is one of the benefits that the Diocese receives from having filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition last year.  The date is referred to as the “bar date” because all claims by creditors – including by people who were victims of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Diocese of Norwich – are forever barred from filing a lawsuit after that date.

Even if the Connecticut statute of limitations ever changes to allow previously-expired suits to be filed with the court, anyone with a claim against the Diocese of Norwich will be forbidden from filing a lawsuit against the Diocese because they missed the March 15 bankruptcy bar date.

This is, to put it plainly, your very last chance for accountability if you have been hurt by anyone associated with the Diocese of Norwich.

That is why it is critically important that you contact on of our experienced attorneys to discuss your legal rights and options, especially if you are not sure if the bar date applies to you.  The definition of potential claimants is very broad in a bankruptcy proceeding so that the largest number of survivors can be helped.  But it is very important that you contact us sooner rather than later so that we have ample time to prepare the best and most complete claim possible for you.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is a tactic we have seen used all over the country by Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders to protect itself.  The debtor-diocese receives the protection of the bar date, but also often escapes the public scrutiny of its secrets and coverups becoming public.  The priest personnel files and other relevant documents that a diocese may have to produce during regular litigation are often kept under lock and key by bankruptcy courts, never to be disclosed to the public. Make your voice heard now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  The Diocese of Norwich filed for federal bankruptcy protection in 2021 and a federal judge has set the final filing deadline of March 15, 2022.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Norwich Diocese.

Do not miss this final filing deadline.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to [email protected]