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Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (“PSZJ”) is counsel to the Official Committee of Tort Claimants (the “TCC”) in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy cases. As bankruptcy counsel to the TCC, PSZJ advocates for the collective interest of sexual-abuse survivors but not as your individual attorney or counsel. For more information about the difference between the TCC’s counsel and your individual counsel, please click here.


The last Town Hall of the Official Committee of Tort Claimants (the “TCC”) in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy cases was held on Thursday, October 21, 2021, 8 pm (Eastern) (view video)

Discussed at this Town Hall:

For videos and transcripts of past Town Halls, see the "Links" section to the left

 Important Letter From the TCC Recommending Voting to Reject the Plan (click here to view letter in full; below is an excerpt)

The TCC urges survivors to vote to reject BSA’s Plan. The Plan is grossly unfair to the 82,200 survivors who were sexually abused as children. In the TCC’s opinion, survivors may receive less than 10 cents on the dollar under the current BSA Plan.

The key flaws in BSA’s Plan include:

If a sufficient number of survivors vote to reject BSA’s Plan, the possible outcomes include (i) BSA’s case may be dismissed and survivors may be free to pursue claims against BSA, Local Councils, Chartered Organizations, and other parties subject to applicable statutes of limitation; (ii) the Court may appoint a trustee for BSA; (iii) the TCC (or other parties) may submit an alternate plan to reorganize BSA; or the BSA may amend its Plan and seek to resolicit votes to accept or reject such amended plan.

The TCC believes that survivors are likely to enjoy greater recoveries if BSA’s Plan is rejected. For example, if BSA’s Plan is rejected, BSA’s proposed settlements with Hartford and TCJC, described in the plan, are rejected as well. Consequently, Hartford and TCJC will be forced to answer for their respective liabilities and the TCC believes that the recoveries against them will far exceed the amounts of the proposed settlements. Also, the Local Councils have more assets that they could use to pay survivors. 

The TCC urges survivors to join with them in opposing the Plan and voting to REJECT.

Important Information on the Plan and Settlement

On September 30, 2021, the Bankruptcy Court approved the Disclosure Statement for the BSA’s Modified Fifth Amended Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”). The Plan includes proposed settlements with Hartford Insurance Company and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the TCC was not a party to the settlements and does not support them. The TCC was appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee as the official advocate for all survivors of childhood sexual abuse and it will not sell out survivors for a quick pay that does not deliver the justice they deserve. View  a press release concerning the TCC’s opposition to the Plan.

Now that the Bankruptcy Court has approved the Disclosure Statement, survivors will have the opportunity to vote whether to reject or accept the Plan. Each survivor's decision as to how to vote on the Plan is THEIR OWN DECISION; the decision cannot be made for them by their attorneys. Survivors may receive ballots directly or the ballots may be received by their counsel (if they retained counsel) on their behalf.

Survivors should be sure to inform their counsel how they intend to vote on the Plan; if you do not know who your counsel is, please click here to email the TCC.

Important Dates and Upcoming Hearings

The next Bankruptcy Court hearing will be on October 19, 2021, at 10:00 am (Eastern). Links to hearings via Zoom will be listed here as soon as the Bankruptcy Court issues them, which is generally two days before the hearing.

Plan, Trust Distribution Procedures (Plan Exhibit A), Disclosure Statement, TCC Presentation on Solicitation and Ballots, and TCC Letter

Modified Fifth Amended Plan of Reorganization
Trust Distribution Procedures
Amended Disclosure Statement (approved)
TCC Presentation on Solicitation and Ballots
TCC Letter on Rejecting Plan

Links to Documents and Websites

Submitting an Amended Sexual Abuse Proof of Claim Form
“Do I Need an Attorney?” Statement and FAQ
BSA Survivor Claims Subject to Roster Search
Mental Health Assistance Resources


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