Delaware Lawyers in Church Lawsuits Plan 'Major Announcement'

Attorneys for 88 alleged victims of child sexual abuse who are suing the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington plan "a major announcement" for next week.

Attorney Steve Neuberger declined to give further details of the event, set for Monday in Wilmington.

That's the same day a trial is scheduled to begin involving one alleged victim, John Vai. His is the first case to come to trial under a Delaware law that created a two-year "lookback" window that allowed claims of abuse to be brought regardless of the statute of limitations. More than 100 suits were filed before the period ended this summer, with some cases being settled.

A diocesan spokesman didn't return a call seeking comment.

The diocese covers Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.