Settlement reached for Explorer claims

November 01, 2021

The Boys Scouts of America and its related local organizations and Louisville Metro Government, through its legal representative Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell and his office, have negotiated a settlement that resolves all claims involving seven lawsuits related to the Boy Scouts of America Explorer program.

$3,650,000 will paid to seven plaintiffs, with more than $3 million of that amount coming from Old Republic Insurance Company, the insurer for the Boy Scouts of America. The remainder will be paid by Metro’s self-insurance under the Louisville Area Governmental Self Insurance Trust.

Per the settlement agreement, counsel for plaintiffs will retain an independent third party as a settlement arbiter to allocate the funds between the seven plaintiffs as the arbiter deems appropriate based on the facts and circumstances of each claim.

The first of seven lawsuits was filed on March 8, 2017 in Jefferson Circuit Court. The attorney in that case, then Metro Council President David Yates, was later disqualified for his conflict of interest. Mayor Greg Fischer suspended the Explorer program on March 13, 2017 and on March 17, 2017 appointed former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey as special investigator into allegations about the program. Harvey’s report was released in June 2018.

“Since the beginning of the Explorers case, my ultimate goal has been to find the truth and get justice for the victims,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “It’s our hope that this settlement brings some closure for those involved. We must continue our work to ensure the appalling interactions that led to this investigation never happen again.”

Three LMPD officers pleaded guilty to federal charges related to allegations that occurred related to the Explorer program.

In 2018, the matter was transferred to federal court where the Plaintiffs were represented by Tad Thomas. The cases were settled on October 29, 2021.

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