Guam – The scores of sexual abuse cases filed against the Archdiocese of Guam will not move forward with litigation in an effort to continue settlement talks.
During a joint status conference on Thursday, Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo and District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted the request to continue the settlement stay until July 1 for the non-bankruptcy parties.
According to court documents, “The court will provide the parties with a list of judges who will be available to assist the parties in their settlement efforts.”
During this time period, various plaintiffs will also be allowed to file amended complaints to the extent that such amendments would not violate the automatic stay imposed by the bankruptcy proceeding.
The Archdiocese of Guam filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to ensure that the Church has enough money to settle the scores of sexual abuse cases. The court has set this matter for a continued status hearing on June 27.