Boy Scouts reach $850M settlement in sexual abuse case

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has reached an $850 million settlement with tens of thousands of people who filed claims of sexual abuse against organization volunteers and leaders, marking the highest payout in a child sexual abuse case in U.S. history.

The settlement, which was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Thursday, comes more than a year after the century-old organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid a wave of sexual abuse lawsuits.

More than 84,000 people are part of the law suit that won the settlement, which stems from claims that date back as far as the 1960s of sexual abuse of boys in the organization.

The Thursday amount is larger than what the BSA initially proposed in March, when it said it planned to exit bankruptcy and put $220 million into a trust for victims, with local organizations potentially contributing another $300 million, bringing it to an average payout of $6,000 per claimant.

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