Case results


Below is a selection of just a few of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi’s case results in sexual abuse cases from the past 25+ years.

$660m

Global Settlement

Roman Catholic Bishop
Sex Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 508 sexual abuse claims, just days prior to Manly, Stewart & Finaldi commencing trial in the John Doe v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Los Angeles, et al. matter. Re: The Clergy Cases I (JCCP No.: 4286), (2007) Los Angeles Superior Court. Read our blog post about this landmark settlement.

$500m

Global Settlement

Michigan State University
Larry Nassar Sex Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 333 sex abuse claims against Michigan State University for the abuse of child and young adult athletes by former MSU and Olympic Team doctor Larry Nassar. Clients included members of Team USA and Olympic Team female gymnasts. This is the largest personal injury settlement against a University.

$216m

Global Settlement

Society of Jesus, Oregon
Sex Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 110 separate sexual abuse claims against the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province (2007, 2011). Various Superior Courts in the State of Alaska and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

$198m

Global Settlement

John Doe 1 / Diocese
Sex Abuse cases


Global settlement of 144 sexual abuse claims during sixth months of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. The Diocese had filed for Chapter 11 protection just days prior to Manly, Stewart & Finaldi commencing trial in the John B. v. John Doe 1, et al. matter. Re: The Clergy Cases II (JCCP No.: 4297), (2007) San Diego Superior Court.

$140m

Global Settlement

Los Angeles Unified School District
Sexual Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 81 child sexual abuse claims against Los Angeles Unified School District resulting from the sexual abuse of students at Miramonte Elementary School by Mark Berndt. This is the largest child sex abuse settlement against any public agency in the United States.

$109m

Global Settlement

Delaware Clergy
Sexual Abuse Cases


Global settlement of over 145 claims on behalf of victims of sexual abuse in the State of Delaware, involving the Diocese of Wilmington, the Brothers of the Holy Cross, and the Capuchin Friars. Re: Delaware Clergy Sexual Abuse Cases, (2011) Delaware Superior Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

$100m

Global Settlement

Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, CA
Sexual Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 87 sexual abuse claims filed on behalf of individuals sexually assaulted by priests and agents of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, California. Re: The Clergy Cases I (JCCP No.: 4286), (2004) Orange County Superior Court.

$88m

Global Settlement

Los Angeles Unified School District
Sexual Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 30 child sexual abuse claims against the Los Angeles Unified School District resulting from the sexual abuse of minor students at TelFair Elementary School, in Pacoima, by Paul Chapel III, and George De La Torre Elementary School, in Wilmington, California, by Robert Pimental. In total, 18 De La Torre victim cases were settled for a total of 58 million dollars and 12 Telfair cases were settled for a total of 30 million dollars, for a total global settlement amount of 88 million dollars.

$58m

Global Settlement

Los Angeles Unified School District
Sexual Abuse Cases


Global settlement of an 18-victim child sexual abuse action that included infliction of emotional distress awards for 19 parent plaintiffs of the victims. The victims were sexually fondled by Robert Pimental, their teacher at George De La Torre Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, over the course of several years.

$50m

Global Settlement

Society of Jesus, Oregon
Sex Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 110 separate sexual abuse claims against the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province.

$31m

Global Settlement

Torrance Unified School District
Sex Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 22 child sex abuse cases against Torrance Unified School district by former wrestling coach Thomas Snider.

$28m

Global Settlement

Los Angeles Unified School District
Sexual Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 10-victim child sexual abuse action. The victims were sexually assaulted by notorious teacher Paul Chapel III at Tel Fair Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This is believed to be the largest per-victim documented settlement of a child sexual abuse action against a public entity.

$23.8m

Global Settlement

Los Angeles Unified School District
Sexual Abuse Cases


Global settlement of 10-victim child sexual abuse action. The victims were sexually assaulted by notorious teacher Paul Chapel III at Tel Fair Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This is believed to be the largest per-victim documented settlement of a child sexual abuse action against a public entity.

$17.6m

Global Settlement

Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup
Sex Abuse Case


Global settlement on behalf of numerous victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests and employees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico.

$15m

Global Settlement

Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton
Sex Abuse Case


Global settlement of on behalf of multiple victims of child sexual abuse by priests and employees of the Diocese of Stockton, California, after the Diocese filed for bankruptcy protection.

$9.9m

Global Settlement

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles
Sex Abuse Cases


Global settlement of four child sexual abuse actions, at the precipice of trial, in cases involving sexual abuse by notorious Los Angeles Roman Catholic priest Father Michael Baker.

$6.7m

Global Settlement

Orange, CA Roman Catholic
Schools Sex Abuse Cases


Global settlement of four high-profile cases involving the sexual abuse of students at Roman Catholic high schools and parishes in the County of Orange in California, during the third week of trial in the Jane C.R. Doe matter. Jane CR Doe v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, et al.; Jane ALS Doe v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, et al.; Jane KE Doe v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, et al.; and Jane A. Doe v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, et al.

$6.19m

Trial Verdict

Los Angeles Unified School District
Sexual Abuse Cases


Trial verdict in a 2-victim child sexual abuse action after a four-week trial. The victims were sexually fondled by Paul Chapel III, their teacher at Tel Fair Elementary School, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, over the course of several years.

$6m

Settlement

Redlands Unified School District
Child Sexual Abuse


Settlement on the eve of trial on behalf of a boy who was molested by his teacher, Laura Whitehurst, at Citrus Valley High School, in Redlands, California, became a pregnant, and birthed a child.

$5.75m

Settlement

Army and Navy Academy
Sexual Assault Case


Settlement on behalf of two boys who were sexually abused by Jeffrey Barton, the former headmaster of the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California—a residential military boarding school for boys.

$5.2m

Settlement

Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange
Sex Abuse Case


Settlement on behalf of Plaintiff who alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Mater Dei High School Principal and Roman Catholic priest Father Michael Harris. Ryan DiMaria v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange, et al., (1997) Orange County Superior Court.

$4.75m

Global Settlement

Making Waves Academy
Child Molestation Case


Global settlement on behalf of boys who were molested by their teacher, Ronald Giunto, at a magnet school in Northern California.

$4.75m

Trial Verdict

Lodi Unified School District
Sexual Molestation - Mentally Disabled Child


Trial verdict of 90% liability against a public school district, after the four-week first phase of the trial, in a case involving the sexual molestation of a mentally disabled child by her school bus driver. $4,750,000.00 settlement achieved during the second phase of the trial.

$4m

Global Settlement

Army and Navy Academy
Sexual Assault Case


Global settlement of 1 sexual assault case against Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California by former headmaster Jeffrey Barton.

$3.8m

Settlement

Diocese of Stockton
Sex Abuse Case


Settlement against Diocese of Stockton and unanimous jury verdict on all counts against Defendant Father Michael Kelly, after a 10-week trial. Plaintiff, after recovering his 25-year-old repressed memories, alleged that he was sexually abused by Fr. Kelly as a child.

$3.56m

Trial Verdict

Gagliardo v. Diblin
Assault & Sexual Assault


Trial verdict after a three-week trial on behalf of a woman who whose housemate bludgeoned her with a mallet and attempted to sexually assault her.

$2.76m

Trial Verdict

Army and Navy Academy
Sexual Assault Case


Trial verdict after a four week trial on behalf of a boy who was sexually assaulted by Juan Munoz, an employee at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California—a residential military boarding school for boys.

$2.2m

Settlement

Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Sex Abuse Case


Settlement on behalf of victim alleging childhood sexual abuse at the hands of the notorious priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles—Father Michael Stephen Baker—on the eve of trial. Doe v. Doe, (2010) Orange County Superior Court; Doe v. Doe, (2010) Los Angeles County Superior Court.

$2m

Settlement

Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange
Child Sexual Abuse Case


Consummation of$2,000,000.00 settlement of child sexual abuse action, on the first day of trial, in a case involving the sexual abuse of a student by notorious Orange County Roman Catholic priest Father Michael Harris, by successfully arguing the Serviceman’s Civil Relief Act tolled the statute of limitations on the United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel’s claim.

$1.9m

Trial Verdict

Army and Navy Academy
Sexual Assault Case


Trial verdict of 1 sexual assault case against Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California by former employee Juan Munoz.

$1.5m

Settlement

Roman Catholic Archbishop LA
Child Sexual Abuse


Settlement on behalf of a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of Father Fernando Lopez-Lopez, an extern priest serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by way of Tivoli, Italy. John VG Doe v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, et al., (2011) Los Angeles County Superior Court.