Judge raises potential damages in Scouts case

Judge raises potential damages in Scouts case

Judge raises potential damages in Scouts case

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Associated Press

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 31 at 10:18 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has more than doubled the punitive damages the Boy Scouts of America could face if the organization loses a lawsuit filed by an Oregon man who was molested by a Scout leader in the 1980s.

The trial before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge John Wittmayer is in its third week.

Lawyers for the plaintiff allege the Boy Scouts organization failed to warn parents and authorities about suspected molesters. The plaintiff is using confidential Boy Scouts files to back up that contention.

The lawsuit initially sought $14 million — $10 million in punitive damages and $4 million in compensatory damages.

After looking through the files, lawyers for the plaintiff asked the judge for permission to increase possible punitive damages to $25 million, and the total damages sought to $29 million.

Wittmayer on Tuesday agreed to that request.

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