Federal Judge Sets Filing Deadline for Abuse Claims in Albany Diocese Bankruptcy

by | Aug 23, 2023 | Catholic Church

Edward Bernard Scharfenberger Horowitz Law


A federal bankruptcy court judge has ordered all sexual abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in New York to be filed no later than November 1, 2023.  The ruling comes after the Diocese of Albany filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in the face of more than 400 lawsuits filed by survivors of sexual abuse by its priests and clergy.

Through our own investigation at Horowitz Law, we have identified at least 126 clergy and lay employees who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, a staggering number.

More than 1100 former employees of the now-closed St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady are also claiming that they should be made whole after it was alleged that their pension fund was “wiped out” by financial mismanagement by the Albany Diocese.

The November 1, 2023, date is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Diocese will be forever immune from suit in any sexual abuse claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after November 1, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Diocese of Albany, including laypeople and teachers.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Albany in New York.  The Diocese of Albany filed for federal bankruptcy protection in March 2023.  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 Albany Diocese.

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  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].