California

  • On July 16, 2007, it sannounced that a settlement has been reached between the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and hundreds of plaintiffs in a church sex-abuse scandal. The church will pay $660 million, the largest payout in the abuse scandal by far.

  • In December 2004, the Orange County diocese reaches a settlement with 87 victims of clergy abuse. Terms of the agreement are not disclosed, but a source tells the Associated Press the payout will be bigger than the record $85 million agreement with the Boston Archdiocese. The lawsuits allege sexual misconduct by 30 priests, 11 lay personnel and two nuns.

  • In 1999, a jury awards $30 million to two brothers molested for more than a decade by the Rev. Oliver Francis O'Grady in the Diocese of Stockton, Calif. The award is later reduced to $13 million.

  • In 2001, the California dioceses of Los Angeles and Orange pay $5.2 million to Ryan DiMaria, who was sexually abused as a teen by a priest.