The Blackhawks’ settlement talks with Kyle Beach are already running into difficulties


Settlement talks between the Blackhawks and ex-player Kyle Beach get off to a bumpy start.

Beach’s attorney Susan Loggans said Thursday she was “disgusted” with the Hawks’ lack of “fair play” with her recent handling of Beach’s lawsuit, the centerpiece of the sexual assault scandal that rocked the Hawks and the hockey world this year.

Just two weeks ago, when the Jenner & Block investigation confirmed many of the gruesome details Beach alleged in the 2010 sexual assault lawsuit by former video coach Brad Aldrich, did Hawks CEO Danny Wirtz instruct team lawyers to be a “fair one.” “Resolution” in the lawsuit that had been bitterly brought up in court all summer.

Indeed, Hawks attorneys and Loggans held opening hearings on November 2nd and then follow-up meetings on November 5th.

But in letters sent by Hawks attorneys Thursday and obtained from the Sun-Times, the Hawks called Loggans’ initial financial settlement claim “extraordinary” and said that it “now seems clear to us that we are not soliciting these differences through attorneys.” to be able to solve”. – Attorney talks alone “on the basis of the” very different views “of the two parties.

The Hawks urged the two parties to hire an outside mediator to come to an agreement – their second time they had requested mediation after also doing so in a letter prior to the November 2 talks. The Hawks offered in the letter to pay for the mediation and to involve Danny Wirtz and Chairman Rocky Wirtz.

Loggans, however, firmly rejects mediation.

Loggans said she made her first settlement request at the Hawks’ request, but the Hawks refused to make their own first settlement offer in return.

She declined to publicly disclose her initial request for a settlement, but said it included the estimated revenue Beach would have made over a typical NHL career had he not been allegedly attacked as a 20-year-old prospect. The Hawks were upset about this too, Loggans said.

The two sides also seem divided over their commitment to an immediate settlement.

The Hawks again requested a 60-day stay on new court files in the letter, calling it their “strong preference … to focus on mediation rather than litigation.”

Loggans said she was not opposed to an agreement in theory, but would still prefer to move on to the discovery phase, during which she believes evidence may emerge that may suggest the Wirtz family knew of the alleged sexual assault in 2010 – something that Jenner & Block’s investigation did not reveal evidence of. She described the stay as a “blockade tactic”.

The Hawks are currently facing a court ordered deadline of November 30th to either support or withdraw their pending motion to dismiss the case. This deadline is given because Loggans himself filed a new amendment complaint in the lawsuit last week.

The Hawks continue to believe their legal defense against Beach’s lawsuit – the statute of limitations being the most prominent – is strong, but now a “moral inclination to try to resolve this matter on fair terms”.

Another NHL franchise, the Penguins, didn’t reach an agreement on a mediator until Tuesday in a lawsuit alleging they negligently kept a lower division coach who sexually abused another coach’s wife in 2018.

Advisory payment promised

Also in Thursday’s letters, the Hawks pledged to pay for all of Beach’s “reasonable past and future medical and counseling expenses” – especially counseling – in connection with the alleged sexual assault.

They offered the same to a man identified as “John Doe 2” – a former Michigan high school student whom Aldrich allegedly sexually assaulted in 2013 and whom Loggans is representing in another pending negligence case against the Hawks.

The advisory payment issue was recently raised when TSN’s Rick Westhead reported that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told Doe 2’s mother that the NHL would not provide it.

Loggans said she also doesn’t trust the Hawks’ intentions regarding that promise. She was upset by another part of the Hawks’ letter on Doe 2 asking her to hand over his “medical records, school reports, and income records.”

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