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A lawsuit pending in the 192nd Dallas State District Court has prompted payment for child abuse victims worldwide. The case, filed in 2001 by Dallas Trial Lawyer Windle Turley, against the Hare Krishna religious organization, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, caused several Krishna Temples to file for Bankruptcy in Southern California and West Virginia.
As a result, the original 95 Dallas plaintiffs grew to 535 abuse victims asserting claims in the Bankruptcy Court. The original defendants were joined by other Krishna organizations to fund a partial settlement of $9.5 Million for the victims. The remainder of the case, which is against several insurance carriers, is expected to provide additional funding for the abuse claimants. The Court approved the reorganization settlement today.
Windle Turley, attorney for the victims said, "The confirmation of this settlement by the Bankruptcy Court, combined with the explicit apology, issued today to the victims, where Krishna acknowledged wrongdoing, helps provide validation to these innocent young people. Many of them were terribly abused, sexually, physically, and emotionally, for years in various Krishna Boarding Schools. One of the worst abusing schools was operated in Dallas, TX.
"While the money received by these victims will be of help in securing needed therapy, and for many, vocational training, more important is the self-validation of their own worth brought about by these payments and the unequivocal acknowledgement of wrongdoing and apology by this religious organization." (May-24-05)
Settlement information provided by the Law Offices of Windle Turley
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