The Ohio State University has decade-old sexual abuse lawsuits reopened Wednesday. The lawsuits stem from the late team doctor Richard Strauss.
In 2018 a Columbus judge had dismissed most of the unsettled cases. Using the statute of limitations as a reason for no longer hearing cases.
As of Wednesday the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, “Ohio State is a vast institution. And the plaintiffs’ allegations underscore how difficult it is for a student to know what appropriate persons within the Ohio State administration knew about abuse allegations”, Judge Karen Nelson Moore stated.
“Our lawyer argued that if OSU had gotten away with what they were trying to do here, with getting this motion thrown out on the statute of limitations, then they would have paved the way and given a playbook for all these other universities to do the same thing that they’ve done, and I’m glad that this court saw through it and didn’t let it happen,” Lead plaintiff Snyder-Hill said.
The University is reviewing the decision.
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