Litigation Support Firm Will Provide Victim-Centered, Trauma-Informed Expert Services by Specially Trained Professionals
PRINCETON, N.J., June 16, 2020 – Verus LLC has been retained to provide specially-trained expert services to sex abuse survivors who are looking to submit a Proof of Claim form in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) and Delaware BSA, LLC, in the District of Delaware.
Verus is proud to announce that it has been retained by law firms in the aforementioned proceeding. Specifically, Verus will be handling the complete process of the Proof of Claim form, as well as the actual submission to the administrator of the Chapter 11 Proof of Claim process. The engagements come in the face of over 14,000 potential claims of alleged sex abuse and a November 16, 2020, filing deadline.
Verus has retained RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and a recognized leader in comprehensive sexual assault trainings, to train their mental health professionals and case workers who will interview those reporting incidents of sexual abuse associated with the BSA. RAINN’s specialized and tailored training will provide Verus’ team of experts with an understanding of the complexities of reporting sexual assault, including the unique barriers male survivors face as well as the needs of child sexual abuse survivors who are reporting assault that occurred long ago. The training will also allow Verus’ experts to better identify emotional triggers among sexual abuse survivors as part of the interview process.
Verus, which is fully engaged in supporting mass tort law firms across the U.S., is the preeminent litigation support services firm that provides this kind of specialized outsourced support for firms handling sex abuse litigation, to be delivered by a multi-cultural, bilingual team.
“It is vital that we listen to survivors with compassion and empathy, using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach that builds the vital trust needed for us to capture their full stories,” said Dan Comunale, Verus’ director of business development. “We want to make sure their voices are heard, as well as gather the necessary information that will advance the proof of claims process. Therefore, we must ensure that our process is appropriately thought out and enables the survivors to express their trauma appropriately. The training is a calculated blend of keeping the victims’ wellbeing at the forefront, while recognizing the time constraints of the Chapter 11 Proof of Claims process”.
The Chapter 11 filing will allow the Boy Scouts of America to reorganize finances in order to set up a victims’ compensation fund. Claimants who fail to meet the deadline may face additional challenges in filing suit against the BSA in the future.
“Our singular goal in this proceeding is to make sure that every sexual abuse claimant we work with has their full story heard, and that the complexities of dealing with and remembering trauma do not hinder telling their stories,” added Comunale.
For more information about the firm’s litigation support services, visit www.verusllc.com. Learn more about Verus’ Boys Scouts of America Litigation Support Services.
About Verus, LLC
Headquartered in Princeton, N.J., Verus LLC provides a full suite of services to mass tort law firms including litigation analytics, case management, settlement administration, and business & advisory services. Before founding Verus in 2003, the firm’s principals helped design some of the first-ever mass tort settlements and in the process, administered more than 450,000 asbestos personal injury claims and disbursed more than $6 billion in settlement funds and expenses. Since 2003, Verus has administered over five million personal injury claims and disbursed billions more in settlement funds.
Verus’ decades of experience span a range of complex disputes, which include toxic exposures such as asbestos, talc and roundup; medical devices such as IVC filters, hernia mesh, hip implants and knee implants; dangerous drugs such as Zantac, Truvada, Invokana and Taxotere; and other matters such as 3M earplugs, nursing homes, and sexual abuse.
Driven by a commitment to facilitate justice every day, Verus’ 100 U.S.-based attorneys, nurses, accountants, statisticians, operations experts, and engineers design customized solutions to help law firms optimize efficiency and maximize the value they can provide to their clients. For more information, contact Verus at email@example.com.