After more than five years of difficult legal battles, hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits against the United States of America Gymnastics (USAG) filed by sex abuse survivors have been successfully settled. A $380 million settlement will be paid to more than 500 plaintiffs who have accused team doctor Larry Nassar or other USAG coaches, trainers, and medical staff of sexual abuse. The survivors are all women who had careers within the USAG, some dating back decades.
Denver Trial Lawyers® is proud to have represented multiple survivors in this controversial case.
Based on allegations from the survivors, the USAG and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) failed to prevent sexual abuse that was routinely carried out by various staff members, with Larry Nassar at the accusatory focal point. The organizations had apparently known of serious accusations for years but done little to properly investigate them. There is even an ongoing case against a USAG executive who has been accused of tampering with evidence during the Larry Nassar investigation.
In addition to the $380 million settlement, the USAG has agreed to other settlement provisions meant to prevent similar sexual abuses in the future. Current USAG CEO and President Li Li Leung issued an apology and vowed to keep working with the Survivors’ Committee through its new “Plan of Reorganization.” While the monetary compensation paid to each survivor is important, this plan is also a huge victory because it should help protect future gymnasts, and the case itself sets a legal precedent for how to proceed in similar sexual abuse lawsuits in the future.
Our team from Denver Trial Lawyers® is proud to have been able to serve an important role in this case through our representation of multiple survivors. But we are prouder of the survivors themselves, who braved intense resistance and scrutiny to stand up for themselves and hundreds of other women, most of whom they had never met.
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