[JURIST] Judge Haley Fromholz of the Los Angeles Superior Court Monday approved a $660 million settlement [press release; JURIST report] between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles [diocesan website] and plaintiffs in 508 outstanding clergy sex abuse lawsuits [JURIST news archive]. Fromholz called the settlement "the right result" and applauded those who had worked to negotiate the deal over the past five years.
Monday's approval brings the total settlements of all Catholic clergy abuse claims to more than $2 billion. Before Monday's agreement, the largest settlement previously paid was $85 million by the Boston Archdiocese in 2002. AP has more. The Los Angeles Times has local coverage.