The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.
The diocese made the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Utica on Monday morning. In a press release, the diocese said it was "in response to lawsuits filed against the Diocese under the Child Victims Act," noting that 124 cases are pending against it after the CVA's implementation.
Bishop Terry LaValley, who was in court for Monday's filing, said the diocese is "committed to responding to survivors and CVA lawsuits justly and fairly."
“Filing for reorganization does not hinder claims filed by survivors,” LaValley said in a press release. “Instead, it establishes a process for all claims to be treated fairly.”
The diocese says it doesn't have a timetable for emerging from Chapter 11 reorganization.