UPDATE: No deal yet in Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 --- 3: 41 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- No deal has been reached after two days of mediation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy case.

Attorneys for the archdiocese, victims of clergy sexual abuse and others involved in the case met Monday and Tuesday in Minneapolis to try to come up with a settlement.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski said Wednesday no deal was reached but two more days of mediation are scheduled for Sept. 22 and 23.

Topczewski says mediation is confidential and he can't discuss details but archdiocese officials remain optimistic.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying it wouldn't have the money to pay if it lost lawsuits filed by victims of clergy sexual abuse. Hundreds of victims then filed claims in bankruptcy court.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 --- 6:17 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills?

That's the question Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley will be asked to answer Wednesday.

Kelley agreed more than a year ago that the archdiocese would not have to pay legal fees while its bankruptcy case was pending so it could keep enough cash on hand to cover at least one month's bills. Bankruptcy law requires the archdiocese to pay legal fees for itself and its creditors.

In this case, most creditors are victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Their attorneys say the archdiocese has more cash than anticipated, and they'd like to get paid. The lawyers say they are owed more than $2 million.

Attorneys for the archdiocese say it doesn't have the money to pay all the bills now.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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