Tuesday, June 03, 2014

7th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments On Several Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy Issues

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday heard oral arguments in two cases relating to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The first is Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. Listecki (audio of oral argument). It involves a number of complex legal issues growing out of a trial court decision that $50 million in a cemetery perpetual care trust fund is unavailable to creditors, including abuse victims, in the Archdiocese's bankruptcy reorganization. (See prior posting.) Among other issues is the question of whether RFRA can be raised as a defense to action taken by a Creditors' Committee in bankruptcy.  The case on appeal also involves the refusal of the trial court judge to recuse himself in the case. (See prior posting.)

The second case is Doe v. Archdiocese of Milwaukee (audio of oral argument). It involves the question of whether the bankruptcy court was correct in dismissing the claim of a sexual abuse victim who had signed a settlement agreement with the Archdiocese after mediation.  The victim contends that he was fraudulently induced to sign the agreement.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on yesterday's arguments.