Lujan ready to move forward with settlement talks in sex abuse cases

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A hearing on the motion has been scheduled for Friday at 10 am.

Guam – It appears as though a settlement may be reached after all for a number of church sex abuse victims.

Attorney David Lujan filed an emergency motion to appear in District Court today regarding another motion–in particular, a motion to stay further action in a number of cases. Lujan, in court papers, is requesting to halt proceedings in these cases so that the parties can engage in alternative dispute resolution or ADR.

There had been settlement talks amongst the parties but nothing concrete had ever been filed until now. Lujan notified the court that a retired US District Judge in Oregon has agreed to serve as a mediator for the ADR and Father Louis Brouillard, who’s been accused in over half of the 90-plus cases filed so far, was just served with summons and complaints two days ago at his home in Minnesota.

Lujan also noted that “ADR is desirable inasmuch as it would be conducted privately without the need to expose names of individual plaintiffs whose names have not been publicly disclosed.”