SCOTUS Rebuffs Ohio State University Bid to Thwart Sex Abuse Suits
The justices turned away Ohio State's appeal of a lower court's ruling
On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rejected Ohio State University's bid to dismiss lawsuits brought by alleged sexual abuse victims of Richard Strauss, a now-deceased doctor who was employed by the school's athletic department and medical staff for nearly 20 years.
The justices turned away Ohio State's appeal of a lower court's ruling that allowed litigation to proceed despite having been brought decades after the abuse by Strauss, which occurred from 1978 to 1998.
Ohio State has reached settlement agreements with 296 survivors of Strauss's abuse, totaling more than $60 million, while others have continued to pursue their claims in court. Several other major universities have agreed to multimillion-dollar settlements in recent years to resolve claims made in episodes similar to the one at Ohio State.
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