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Romanucci & Blandin Secures $880,000 Settlement on Behalf of Two Boys Exploited by Priest

June 23, 2021

CHICAGO, IL — Romanucci & Blandin, LLC announces the $880,000 settlement of a case involving the sexual abuse of two altar boys on the Southside of Chicago by Catholic priest Father Norbert Maday. The priest, who was convicted and imprisoned in other child abuse cases, was relocated several times by church leaders during his career. The two victims in this case say Maday exploited them repeatedly over thirty-five years ago while they were students at St. Bede the Venerable Elementary School when they were 10 to 13 years old.

Maday is no longer living, but in light of recent favorable case law permitting Illinois childhood sexual abuse victims to pursue justice in the courts, these victims were able to achieve some measure of justice for what happened to them. 

The abuse included, among other things: Fondling and groping the boys’ genitals and buttocks; showing pornography to them, masturbating in front of Plaintiffs; and giving and encouraging Plaintiffs and other boys to consume alcohol before or during the abuse. 

The settlement was reached on March 22, 2021. The Plaintiffs were represented by Romanucci & Blandin Attorneys Jason Friedl and Martin Gould. 

“This settlement is about far more than money for these two former altar boys. It is about justice and finally getting the closure they deserve on deeply troubling experiences from their childhoods. We appreciate the efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago to help them heal from this abuse,” said Attorney Jason Friedl.

“It is incredible the impact this type of abuse has on a child and it creates intense personal challenges for the rest of their lives. The strength and courage required to come forward with this experience cannot be underestimated, and we acknowledge our Plaintiffs for their bravery,” said Attorney Martin D. Gould.

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About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin is a national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death arising from police misconduct, corporate negligence, civil rights actions, medical malpractice, mass torts and class actions. The attorneys’ steadfast commitment to fighting for those seeking justice around the country has helped the firm obtain multiple verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars. The Chicago-based personal injury lawyers are dedicated to providing victims who suffered injury as a result of another’s wrongdoing full and fair compensation in a diligent, professional, skilled and caring manner. The lawyers actively support their communities and provide advocacy at the national, state and local levels on issues that support the U.S. tort system. Founded in 1998, Romanucci & Blandin is widely recognized for representing plaintiffs in numerous practice areas including: personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, pharmaceutical, mass torts, civil rights, police misconduct, excessive force, aviation, product liability and premises liability.  For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit or call (312) 458-1000. 

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