Religion Clause: Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Abuse Victim’s Suit Against Diocese Barred By Limitations Statute

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Abuse Victim’s Suit Against Diocese Barred By Limitations Statute In Rice v. Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, (PA Sup. Ct., July 21, 2021), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision held that the statute of limitations bars a suit against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and its bishops for their role in covering up and facilitating a series of sexual assaults by plaintiff’s childhood priest. Suit was filed 35 years after the assaults. Plaintiff sued after a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed clergy abuse. The court held that the discovery rule did not toll the statute: Because her claims for damages against the Diocese are based on [her priest’s] alleged conduct, she was on inquiry notice regarding other potentially liable actors, including the Diocese, as a matter of law.

Religion Clause: Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Abuse Victim’s Suit Against Diocese Barred By Limitations Statute

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