Diocese In Abuse Scandal Files Malpractice Suit Over Ch. 11

Law360, New York (October 10, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT) -- The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has launched a malpractice suit in Washington state court accusing Paine Hamblen LLP and two partners of failing to protect the church from future claims after negotiating a $50 million settlement to settle civil sexual abuse claims in its bankruptcy, the firm said on Tuesday.

In the complaint filed Sept. 28, Bishop of Spokane Blase J. Cupich accused Paine Hamblen and partners Gregory J. Arpin and Shaun M. Cross of breaching their duty to the church by allegedly failing to explore...
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