Judge approves major parts of Boy Scouts' bankruptcy exit plan; pieces remain unresolved

Cars drive past the Boys Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.
Cars drive past the Boys Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.

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A federal bankruptcy judge issued an opinion in the Boy Scouts of America case Friday, approving many portions of the nonprofit’s plan to exit bankruptcy while rejecting others. The ruling creates a path for Scouts to move forward but leaves some issues unresolved.

Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein said in her conclusion that the youth organization has decisions to make regarding its plan for reorganization and may need time to determine how to proceed.

The confirmation hearing lasted four weeks this spring as Scouts laid out a plan to compensate survivors and rebuild the organization, which is facing its lowest enrollment levels since the 1930s. 

Central to the settlement is a nearly $2.7 billion trust fund for survivors. Scouts and local councils, troops sponsors and insurance companies who contributed to it can no longer be sued for past abuse.   

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