Boy Scouts Still Being F*cked, This Time By Lawyers

Attorneys Will Walk Away With Lion's Share of Sex Abuse Deal
WASHINGTON - Aug. 1, 2022 - PRLog -- More than 82,000 individuals who were raped or otherwise sexual assaulted as boy scouts will finally receive some compensation for the injuries which they all suffered as children.

But the amount of compensation will be grossly insufficient, largely because lawyers will walk away with a lion's share of the funds, according to the settlement, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf.

According to experts consulted by USA Today, "the average payout for each survivor may be among the lowest in sexual abuse cases."

As the publication noted, "USA Gymnastics' reorganization plan was approved in December and included a $380 million settlement. Before expenses for vetting and distribution that would average $760,000 for each of the 500-plus survivors in the case. That compares to about $33,000 under the Scouts' plan."

It is impossible to conclude that the suffering caused by the sexual abuse of the gymnasts was more than twenty times greater than that suffered by the young boy scouts, says Banzhaf.

The amount to be paid to each claimant for the sexual assault he suffered as a boy scout is also far lower than that paid in other recent sexual assault settlements, notes Banzhaf
One obvious answer to explain this gross under compensation is that the defendant Boy Scouts of American gave much more money to lawyers and related professionals than it will pay to the survivors of its sexual assaults.

As USA today summarized it: "The total amount spent on legal and professional fees will also be one for the books. Boy Scouts had spent $266 million by the time of the confirmation hearing in March – more than the $219 million it will pay to survivors. All told, the lawyers, financial advisors and consultants working the case could share $1 billion."

This is like the many class action lawsuits in which the attorneys representing the claimants walk away enriched with millions of dollars, while their clients - the ones who were actually injured - are lucky to get a coupon which gives them X% off if they choose to make another purchase of the same product which initially injured them, says Prof Banzhaf.   @profbanzhaf

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