¬†The Catholic Diocese of Orange County in California settled a lawsuit brought by alleged victims of sexual abuse by clergy on Friday. A undisclosed sum in compensation was given to 87 plaintiffs after two years of talks. Associated Press report that the figure exceeds the $85m (£44m) awarded to more than 500 plaintiffs in Boston in 2002. The decision is likely to influence the amount that may be paid to thousands of other plaintiffs in around 850 pending cases elsewhere in California. Bishop Tod D Brown, said in a statement: ""I want to take this opportunity to again extend on behalf of the Diocese of Orange and myself a sincere apology, a request for forgiveness, and a heartfelt hope for reconciliation and healing." Ray Boucher, a lawyer representing the alleged victims said no amount of money would replace lost childhoods and teenage years. But, he said: "This settlement will give them all the ability and opportunity to conclude their claims and help them move on with their lives."