$123M Settlement in Del. Pediatrician Rape Case

Judge issues ruling in class-action lawsuit against former doctor

By Randall Chase
|  Monday, Nov 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:56 PM EDT
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$123M Settlement in Del. Pediatrician Rape Case

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In this photo released Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 by the Delaware State Police, Dr. Earl Bradley is shown. Bradley, a Delaware pediatrician accused of molesting at least 16 patients is due in court. Bradley, of Lewes, Delaware, faces 29 charges, including rape. He was charged with sexually abusing nine girls and is being held on $2.9 million bond. (AP Photo/Delaware State Police)

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A judge has approved a $123 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of young children who were sexually abused by former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley.

New Castle County Superior Court Judge Joseph Slights III issued his ruling Monday after holding a hearing last week.

The settlement resolves claims against a southern Delaware hospital where Bradley had physician privileges, the Medical Society of Delaware, and five physicians accused by the plaintiffs of not reporting suspicions about Bradley to authorities.

Bradley, 59, is serving 14 life sentences for child rape. He was convicted last year by a judge who viewed more than 13 hours of homemade videos showing sex crimes against more than 80 victims.

 


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