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					                                  Diocese of Springfield
                                            65 Elliot Street - P.O. Box 1730
                                           Springfield, Massachusetts 01102

Office of Public Affairs and Information                                                     Telephone (413) 452-0648
                                                                                                  FAX (413) 747-0273
                                                                                  E-mail: m.dupont@diospringfield.org



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                                                                                                 July 2, 2008

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                                                                                             Mark E. Dupont

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          Diocese of Springfield to offer voluntary arbitration procedure

 S                 SPRINGFIELD - As a result of the resolution of its lawsuit with insurance carriers, the
          Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield will be offering an independent, voluntary arbitration
          procedure to any sexual abuse claimant who has a pending, credible claim. The purpose of the
 S        arbitration will be to offer a speedy claims resolution process to those who have patiently waited
          while the diocese's insurance lawsuit was pending.

                 The arbitration process will be conducted by Paul Finn and Brian Mone of Commonwealth
          Mediation in Brockton, Massachusetts. Commonwealth Mediation is highly experienced in sexual
          abuse cases having mediated settlements throughout New England.
 R                The arbitration process will provide the claimants with a hearing at which they may tell their
          story and not be subject to questioning by attorneys for the insurance carriers or the diocese. After

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          hearing the claimant, any other witnesses the claimant offers, and reviewing any medical materials,
          Commonwealth Mediation will work out the award to each claimant of an amount between $5,000
          and $200,000. The Diocese will waive all legal defenses including the statute of limitations or
          charitable immunity. In order to be eligible to participate in this voluntary arbitration process, the
 L        claimant will need to complete for the arbitrators, under oath, a confidential questionnaire developed
          by the insurance carriers.


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                 The process only applies to credible, pending claims of which the Diocese had notice by noon
          on June 2, 2008, concerning acts which took place prior to October, 1986. These carriers stopped
          providing insurance after 1986.

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