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Dr. Anderson Lawsuit Updates

“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

CASE TIMELINE

What’s happening now in your case against the University of Michigan.

July 18, 2018
UM receives letter from
former wrestler.

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 Brown comments on the Nassar case.

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. “And I hope and believe that the U of M board would avoid such a thing.”

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November 5, 2018
UM Detective West’s investigation
of Dr. Anderson.

UM Public Safety and Security Detective Mark West reports the findings of his investigation of Dr. Anderson sexual abuse to UM’s General Counsel.   West reports that Tom Easthope, UM’s former Vice President of Student Life had “fired” Anderson in 1979 for preying on male students. It is not clear, however, why or how he moved as a practicing physician in another position at the university.  The report portrays a pattern of pervasive abuse by Anderson during medical exams.

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Det. West’s Report

January 13, 2019
UM Regents call for firing of gymnastics coach with ties to Nassar.

UM fired gymnastics coach, Rhonda Faehn, in less than one week after hiring her because of her ties to the Nassar scandal after several UM Regents, faculty, students and alumni publicly opposed her hiring.

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August 18, 2019
UM receives alumni Robert Stone’s
Me-Too essay.

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.

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February 19, 2020
UM knew of sex abuse reports 19 months before going public.

First press story on Anderson.  UM learned about allegations of sexual misconduct by former sports physician Dr. Anderson in July 2018 — but 19 months passed before UM announced the reports of sex abuse.

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March 4, 2020
First complaint filed against UM.

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 fires Steptoe & Johnson.

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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March 12, 2020
UM regent Weiser says he was molested by doctor, too.

The current chair of UM Regents, Ron Weiser reveals that he was sexually abused by Anderson while he was a freshman wrestler at UM in 1963 until he was a graduate in 1967.  At the time of the medical examinations, he did not consider Anderson’s acts sexual assault.

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March 24, 2020
UM won’t waive privilege for
WilmerHale report.

UM’s investigation will be conducted by WilmerHale under attorney-client privilege.  “The [WilmerHale] ‘investigation’ will cost UM millions and prove what we already know: that for three decades, UM’s leadership let a known sexual predator prey on its (students),” said Cox.  Cox asked if WilmerHale will “really focus on the corrupt leadership” at UM that allegedly allowed this to happen including past university presidents who “knew about Anderson’s preying on hundreds of young men for the past year and only reacted when the press broke the story.”

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April 5, 2020
UM should allow the Attorney
General to investigate.

Cox said UM should have gone to Attorney General Nessel to conduct the independent investigation of Anderson instead of WilmerHale: “They don’t want to open themselves up to public scrutiny, to scrutiny by the victims and survivors of Dr. Anderson,” said Cox. “It’s disappointing, it’s shameful and it’s certainly not being the leader, and certainly not being the best.”

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April 7, 2020
UM’s letter to students is
window dressing.

UM sends a letter to over six thousand former student-athletes, asking them to speak with their investigators and their law firm, WilmerHale.  “I view the WilmerHale investigation as window dressing and not something that is going to move the ball for any of the victims,” Cox said.

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April 22, 2020
Chuck Christian, former football player, opens up about abuse.

Former UM football player, Chuck Christian, avoided doctors for decades after Anderson’s abuse, was 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

CBS Video

April 28, 2020
U-M attempts to avoid public and court scrutiny.

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 outside of the court system. “It is these survivors’ court claims which U-M must address and answer … that are now driving U-M to do what it is trying to do: avoid public and court scrutiny for what it did to these survivors when they were athletes, and more recently when U-M tried covering up the horrific acts of Anderson for 19 months,” Cox said.

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May 1, 2020
UM files motions to
dismiss complaints.

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 5, 2020
Cases assigned to Judge
Victoria A. Roberts.

Our cases are transferred to Judge Victoria A. Roberts, a President Clinton appointee, who has been on the bench since 1998.

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May 13, 2020
UM dismisses their
litigation attorneys.

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

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June 10, 2020
Easthope to be deposed.

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, former gymnast, opens up about abuse.

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 16, 2020
UM sends 300k letters to alumni.

UM sends another letter to more than 300,000 alumni, asking them to come forward to WilmerHale with information regarding Anderson’s abuse.

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June 24, 2020
Judge Roberts orders Schlissel to join court conference.

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
Easthope’s “handshake deal.”

Ex-student reports that in 1979, after being sexually assaulted by Anderson, former Vice President for Student Services, Tom Easthope, offered him a “handshake 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 football player, opens up about abuse.

Jon Vaughn, former UM running back and former running back for the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, 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.  “You start to remember things …”  “Then you get this ‘aha’ moment that—you were raped. Several times,” said Vaughn.

Boston Globe Article

ESPN Article

WXYZ News Article

July 28, 2020
Cox deposed Tom Easthope.

Cox deposed Tom Easthope, UM’s former Associate Vice President of Student Life, now 86 years old, who “fired” Anderson in 1979 for sexual misconduct at University Health Services. But then UM decided to move this known (known to UM) predator to work full time in the Athletic Department, where he stayed until 2003.

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Easthope Vol. I

Easthope Vol. II

August 5, 2020
Skeptical of
WilmerHale’s investigation.

After WilmerHale released a report detailing sexual misconduct allegations against Philbert, lawyers representing Anderson victims said they do not feel confident in the firm’s future report on Anderson, which is expected to be released before the end of October. “WilmerHale knows who’s buttering their bread, and it’s UM,” Cox said. “They may do a good job, but it’s hard to call it an independent investigation. I hope they name names and don’t blur out some of the facts.”

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August 6, 2020
Judge Roberts orders UM to alert alumni of lawsuits.

Judge Roberts, to protect survivors of Anderson’s abuse from confusing and potentially misleading communications from UM, ordered that UM may not send correspondence to its alumni about the lawsuits and WilmerHale’s investigation without prior approval of firms representing survivors. The Court also restricted WilmerHale from sharing information it is collecting with the law firm representing UM, protecting you against UM’s attorneys getting an unfair advantage in your case.

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August 12, 2020
Dwight Hicks, former football player, opens up about abuse.

Former UM football player and Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks and Airron Richardson, a former UM and Olympic wrestler, announce they were abused by Anderson.

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September 10, 2020
New information revealed that former UM VP overruled Anderson’s firing.

Former Vice President for Student Services Henry Johnson overturned the 1979 decision to terminate Anderson according to testimony by former UM associate vice president for student services, Tom Easthope.  Easthope testified that he told Johnson that Anderson was abusing students. “I didn’t just go knocking off people without Henry knowing about it,” he said. “(B)ut I did tell him what I knew about (the abuse).”  Anderson was allowed by UM to stay on in the Athletic Department for another 24 years as the team physician, abusing student athletes.

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September 16, 2020
The “Empowering Survivors” legislative package introduced
in Michigan.

Bipartisan bills were announced to break barriers to suing state university employees accused of sexual assault, including former University of Michigan physician Robert Anderson. One bill aims to reform governmental immunity by revoking a school’s ability to claim legal immunity when the abuse occurred under the guise of medical care and the school knew or should have known, but failed to act to stop future instances.  The other bill aims to reform the statute of limitations to open a one-year window to filing suit by those abused under the guise of medical care.  The lawmakers were joined at the press conference by sexual abuse survivors, including former U-M football players Jon Vaughn and Dr. John Lott and former U-M wrestler Tad DeLuca.

Iosco News

WILX News

Full Press Conference

September 30, 2020
UM again files motions to dismiss Plaintiffs’ Complaints.

UM admits and “recognizes the harms [Anderson] caused and is committed to developing a fair, just, timely, and efficient resolution process—one that does not require drawn-out litigation.” Yet, UM moves to dismiss the Plaintiffs’ claims,  arguing that it’s too late: “Anderson has been dead for 12 years, he has not been employed by the University for 17 years, and the conduct at issue occurred more than 30 years ago.”

Motion to Dismiss MC-1

October 21, 2020
UM failed for decades to heed warnings about doctor’s alleged sex abuse

According to interviews, police reports and lawsuits, Anderson, as director of UM’s health service and the Athletic Department’s team physician preyed mostly on young males and athletes over more than three decades.  One student, Keith Moree, says Anderson apologized during a 1981 meeting, which included former UM associate VP for student services, Tom Easthope, for sexually
abusing him.

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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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October 5, 2020
Why Aren’t More People Talking About the Ohio State Sex Abuse Scandal?

The scale of Richard Strauss’s abuses is comparable to those of Larry Nassar. Yet, the OSU scandal has drawn minimal media attention. OSU is taking a strikingly hardline stance with so many of the 350-plus survivors who have sued the school. Former OSU athletes are negotiating smaller settlements, measured against the amounts received by the victims of Nassar. Maybe part of the reason is that Strauss’s survivors are male athletes in their late teens early 20s, and society has difficulty accepting male on male sexual assault, especially by a team doctor on physically prime athletes. “There’s no way society as a whole is going to look at wrestlers and football players the way they do five-feet-tall gymnasts,” says Rocky Ratliff, lawyer and former OSU wrestler.

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