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Hearing in federal court for church sex abuse cases

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At odds for months, but will parties finally reach an agreement?

That's what's up for discussion in a joint hearing at the District Court of Guam on Tuesday.

It will be the first time parties for all 150-plus clergy sexual abuse lawsuits will convene together.

As we reported, attorney David Lujan who represents majority of the plaintiffs has filed in the federal court.

Attorneys for the remaining plaintiffs, meanwhile, have filed in the local courts.

Though majority of the parties have expressed interest in out-of-court settlement, parties have yet to agree on pre-mediation protocol.

The deal breaker appears to be how mediation will be handled, the Church proposing global mediation while some plaintiffs have expressed interest in individual settlement.

Parties have also delayed the mediation timeline from March to June.

Tuesday's hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in the federal court and will include both Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood and Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo.

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