From a private source:
Providence, RI: The Legionaries of Christ have settled the suit brought against them by Paul J. Chu, who had alleged that they defrauded his father’s estate. Settlement was agreed to on December 19, 2014 and stipulations of dismissal were issued finally in the court of Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan, US District Court for the District of Rhode Island, on December 22. Chu had sought compensation of as much as two million dollars and substantial punitive damages.There will be no public comment on the settlement, according to Chu’s attorney, John J. Flanagan of Warwick, Rhode Island, but “the matter has been settled to the satisfaction to the parties.”Chu is the son of James Boa-Teh Chu, a Yale professor of mechanical engineering, who incorporated in the Regnum Christi movement in 1997, named the Legion as his sole beneficiary in 1998, and died in 2009 at 85. As his father’s executor, Paul Chu sued the Legion, on November 9, 2012, claiming that to gain the one to two million dollar estate they took advantage of his diminished physical and mental faculties and fraudulently misrepresented to him Legionary founder Marcial Maciel, whom they induced Chu to revere as a saint, but whose double life was being uncovered by Vatican and journalistic investigation during those same years, 1997-2009.The Legionaries contested Paul Chu’s standing to bring suit, but Judge Sullivan recommended in his favor a year ago, January 13, 2014, and federal US District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux ruled on February 26, 2014 that the case could proceed.The case’s conclusion without admission on either side brings Chu a measure of satisfaction, but enjoins silence that leaves unanswered in court his charges that “the coercive and deceitful tactics employed by the Legion, particularly when targeted on a victim like Dr. Chu, who relied on it for spiritual advice, are sufficiently egregious to justify an award of punitive damages.”Legionary spokesman Jim Fair, in a statement on March 6, 2014, had hoped for an outcome more favorable to them: ”The Legion has behaved correctly in relation to Mr. Chu and expects to prevail in the case.”The settlement would appear to be part of the Legionaries’ effort to clear up their past and look to the future after the Catholic Church gave full legal restoration to the congregation with the approval of new constitutions on October 16, 2014.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court Friday ruled that the niece of a North Smithfield woman who left $60 million to the Legion of Christ does not have legal standing to recover the family fortune from the disgraced religious order.
Affirming a 2012 Superior Court decision, the court blocked a lawsuit from plaintiff Mary Lou Dauray, who was attempting to take back roughly $30 million already given to the Legion and prevent another $30 million now in trusts from being dispersed to the Roman Catholic order over the next three decades.
This is despite the ill intentions proven by the Legion, and the fact that most of the money has been (or will be) spent outside of Rhode Island, which was against the intentions of Mrs Mee. The only positive element is that Mary Lou Dauray was the reversal of an earlier court order that Ms Dauray pay the Legion's legal bills, which totalled $24,418. There's little consolation in that, beyond the relief to Ms Dauray, since the expenses will simply be paid by ... Mrs Mee.