Abused in the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, CA?
The Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California has set a final deadline of September 11, 2023, for survivors of clergy sexual abuse to file claims against the Diocese of Oakland. If you did not file a lawsuit in the recently closed civil window, this is your last chance for restitution. If you do not file a claim and the bankruptcy proceeds to its conclusion, you will be permanently barred from taking action against the Diocese. Additional information is pasted below.
Sexual Abuse Claim Notice Package
Please take notice, on July 25, 2023, the court entered the Order Establishing Deadlines for Filing Proofs of Claim and Approving the Form and Manner of Notice Thereof [Docket No. 293]. Per the Order, please find below links to the documents contained in the Sexual Abuse Claim Notice Package.
- Sexual Abuse Bar Date Notice
- Official Proof of Claim Form
- Optional Supplement to Official Proof of Claim Form
- Committee Letter
CONFIDENTIALITY OF SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIMS
Filed Official Proof of Claim Forms, the Supplement, and the information contained herein will be kept confidential under the Bar Date Order.
However, the Official Proof of Claim Form and the Supplement may be provided, pursuant to confidentiality procedures approved by the Bankruptcy Court, to the Debtor, the Committee, their respective counsel, the United States Trustee, and to such other persons as the Bankruptcy Court may authorize on a confidential basis. In addition, the Official Proof of Claim Form and the Supplement may be required to be disclosed to governmental authorities under mandatory reporting laws in many jurisdictions. If any such disclosure is made to a governmental authority, Sexual Abuse Claimants will be notified at the time of the disclosure of their Official Proof of Claim Form and the Supplement.
YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, INCLUDING WHETHER YOU HAVE A CLAIM OR WHETHER YOU MUST FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM. HOLDERS OF SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIMS MAY ALSO OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM COUNSEL FOR THE OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF UNSECURED CREDITORS, LOWENSTEIN SANDLER LLP, BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO JEFFREY PROL AT [email protected], BRENT WEISENBERG AT [email protected] OR COLLEEN RESTEL AT [email protected].