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Eagle pin and merit badge sash on Boy Scouts of America uniform. (Photo: Amy Kerkemeyer/Shutterstock)

Insurance carriers potentially facing staggering losses as a result of the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy are claiming in court documents that groups of plaintiffs lawyers from across the country have filed thousands of unvetted — and in some cases potentially fraudulent — civil claims against the organization, in part as a way to wield greater bargaining power during the proceedings.

The motions, filed in late January by insurance carriers Century and The Hartford, are asking the bankruptcy court in Delaware to allow for additional discovery into the methods attorneys used to process and submit claims into the bankruptcy litigation, including the attorneys’ use of lead generation and litigation funding companies. Several additional insurance companies have since joined the discovery requests.

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