University of Michigan

Dr. Anderson Lawsuit Updates

What’s Happening Now in Your Case Against the University of Michigan.

After reading in the news on February 19, 2020 that their team doctor, Dr. Robert Anderson, sexually abused student athletes and that their beloved alma mater, the University of Michigan, covered it up, the first student athletes, reached out for legal help.

UM sat on these allegations since July 2018 after receiving a letter from another former student athlete describing the sexual assaults he suffered from Anderson while a wrestler in the 1970s. UM’s police department conducted a non-public investigation, but did not take any action to notify former students or the public about the allegations until 19 months later—and not until they were forced to after the scandal was exposed in the news.
On March 4, 2020, the Mike Cox Law Firm and the Shea Law Firm filed the first complaint, of many, in federal court against UM for their misconduct in the Anderson sex abuse scandal exposing that UM knew about Anderson’s abuse as early as the 1960s.

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“It is only in a courtroom where the survivors (and the public) can learn the truth. It is in a courtroom, where survivors can compel witnesses …to tell the full truth of Anderson’s abuse and U-M’s cover up of that abuse.”

— Mike Cox


What Did UM Know and When Did They Know It?

July 18, 2018

Current Athletic Director Warde Manuel receives the letter from former UM student-athlete wrestler Tad DeLuca notifying Manual—as he did former Athletic Director Don Canham in 1975— of Anderson’s sexual assault while Deluca was a student between 1972 to 1976, and forwards it to UM’s General Counsel.

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October 23, 2018

UM Regent Paul Brown calls the Nassar assaults “an indictment” on the MSU Board of Trustees who should have designed policies and procedures to prevent sexual assault from happening and to mitigate the damage once it happens just once.

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November 5, 2018

UM Public Safety and Security Detective Mark West explains to UM’s General Counsel about his investigation of the Anderson sexual abuse allegations and that Tom Easthope, UM’s former Vice President of Student Life had fired Anderson in 1979 for preying on male students.

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January 13, 2019

UM admits that Dr. Anderson sexually abused student-athletes, but seeks to dismiss all the lawsuits dismissed claiming they are “filed decades too late.”

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August 18, 2019

UM graduate Robert Julian Stone emails UM’s Director of University Health Services with his “Anderson’s Boys, My Michigan Me-Too Moment, 1971” essay revealing graphic and painful details of being sexually assaulted by Dr. Anderson in 1971.  The Director forwards the email to UM’s General Counsel.

February 19, 2020

First press story on Anderson.  What had UM’s leadership been doing since
November 5, 2018?

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March 4, 2020

The Mike Cox Law Firm and the Shea Law Firm file the first complaint, of many, against UM for their misconduct in the Anderson sex abuse scandal on behalf of student athletes who have been abused by Anderson, exposing that UM knew about Anderson’s abuse as
early as 1968.

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March 7, 2020

UM dismisses the law firm, Steptoe & Johnson, it hired to conduct an investigation into the Anderson sex abuse scandal after it was revealed that the law firm previously represented other sex offenders, Jeffrey Epstein and director Roman Polanski.

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April 7, 2020

UM sends a letter to thousands of former student-athletes, asking them to speak with their investigators and their law firm.

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April 22, 2020

Former UM football player, Chuck Christian, avoided doctors for decades after Anderson’s abuse, diagnosed with prostrate cancer that “might have been fixed with a relatively routine procedure” had he went to the doctor sooner.

ESPN Article

NYT Article

April 28, 2020

UM announces its plan to try to avoid the scrutiny of the public and the court system in addressing the claims of victims of Anderson.

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May 1, 2020

UM admits that Dr. Anderson sexually abused student-athletes, but seeks to dismiss all the lawsuits dismissed claiming they are “filed decades too late.”

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May 13, 2020

UM dismisses their litigation attorneys, Bush Seyferth, two weeks after they filed motions to dismiss plaintiffs’ cases.

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June 10, 2020

Judge orders deposition of Tom Easthope, former Associate VP who fired Anderson in 1979 for sexual misconduct, which is a major step in uncovering the scope of UM’s wrongdoing and cover-up of Anderson’s abuse.

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June 11, 2020

Ward Black, a member of the 1970 national gymnastics championship team, speaks out about Anderson’s abuse. UM coaches were aware of Anderson’s sexual misconduct decades ago, but failed to take the complaints higher: “You don’t rock the boat with Don Canham.”

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June 24, 2020

Judge orders UM President Schlissel to appear before her within two weeks because of Schlissel’s most recent letter to over 300,000 alumni encouraging them to contact UM’s investigative law firm WilmerHale.

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June 25, 2020

Ex-student reports that in 1979, after being sexually assaulted by Anderson, former Vice President for Student Services, Tom Easthope, offered him a deal to move Anderson to an administrative job at which he wouldn’t come in contact with students.

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July 24, 2020

Jon Vaughn, former UM running back (88-91) opens up about “the cost of being a Michigan Man” and the realization that he is a sexual abuse survivor and that UM exposed him to a predator.

Boston Globe Article

ESPN Article

MSU/Nassar & OSU/Strauss Case Headlines

View news on how other Big Ten Universities are responding to their own sex abuse scandals.

February 5, 2018

Dr. Larry Nasser is sentenced to prison after nationally televised allocutions by his victims.

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May 18, 2018

MSU settles with Nasser victims for $500 million.

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Decmeber 21, 2018

A Michigan Attorney General report reveals multiple MSU staff, athletic trainers, and doctors were informed of the Nassar complaints but failed to report or investigate them. MSU repeatedly stonewalled the AG’s investigators and valued financial and legal considerations over victims and public interest.

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October 28, 2019

MSU Board of Trustee Nancy Schlichting quits the Board because she cannot persuade the other Board members to let “the truth can come out” about pedophile Nassar.

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April 24, 2018

Mike DiSabato, former Ohio State wrestler makes allegations against Dr. Richard Strauss for committing Dr. Anderson-like acts on OSU athletes.

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June 2018

Series of national news stories circulating accusing Rep. Jim Jordan, then-assistant wrestling coach at OSU, now a congressman, and a close ally of President Trump, of knowing about the sexual misconduct complaints against team doctor Strauss.

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July 27, 2018

A third lawsuit is filed against OSU by victims of Dr. Strauss.

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January 17, 2019

Federal judge in OSU cases related to Dr. Strauss’ sex abuse orders parties to mediation.

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March 6, 2020

OSU settles about half of the cases related to Dr. Strauss’ sex abuse, approximately 150 victims.

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May 8, 2020

OSU pays $41 Million to settle claims with 162 athletes for who were sexually assaulted when they were sent to the team doctor
Dr. Strauss.

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