Fourteen alleged victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have lost their bid to revive a civil RICO suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for its alleged cover-up of the scandal. Upholding a lower court's dismissal of the suit, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit found that the entire theory of the suit was flawed because it was premised solely on the plaintiffs' alleged loss of the opportunity to bring personal injury claims within the statute of limitations.
3rd Circuit Rejects RICO Claim Against Archdiocese
The Legal Intelligencer
November 7, 2007