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In Delaware, which had a two-year window open from 2007-09, she estimates there were upward of 200 cases, most against Catholic entities; the Diocese of Wilmington ended up filing for bankruptcy, she notes. Hawaii has a two-year window that opened last year.
In Minnesota, lawsuits could easily reach into the hundreds, with many expected to be filed against Catholic and other religious denominations, Hamilton said. Schools and other institutions are also potential targets for suits as word spreads about the new law.
“Given the last year and half, with Penn State, Syracuse … I also expect you will see a lot more activity not just with the Catholic Church, but with schools generally,” she said.
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