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USA Gymnastics Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuits Related to Larry Nassar

Michigan State University was the first to attempt to distance itself from lawsuits related to Larry Nassar’s sexual misconduct because, according to MSU, Michigan’s statute of limitations blocks the suits. Now, USA Gymnastics is making the same argument.

In briefs it’s filed with the courts, USAG argues that the majority of the claims against it are barred by law because of the statute of limitations.

In Michigan, the statute keeps personal injury suits from being filed three years after the date of the injury for adults and three years after the victim’s nineteenth birthday for injuries as a minor.

Because of the statute, MSU and USAG argue they are not liable for Nassar’s actions because victims waited too long to file suits.

Of the 149 cases against USA Gymnastics currently, USAG claims that at least 101 of them should be dismissed outright simply because the statute of limitations has run out. This means that the court could, if it agrees with USAG, drop the cases of 101 victims of sexual assault.

While Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State University have been in the national headlines, here in Wisconsin, James Kivisto, owner and operator of Wind Lake Gymnastics Center in Racine has been charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography.

At least some of the photos and videos may have been taken with a camera Kivisto hid in the girl’s bathroom at the Gymnastics Center. Kivisto has owned the Wind Lake Gymnastics Center for eleven years and has been a gymnastics coach since 1987.

What do the USAG and MSU dismissal attempts mean for Wisconsin victims? It means that it is more important than ever to seek legal representation if you or your child has been a victim of sexual misconduct by a gymnastics coach. In Wisconsin, the statute of limitation for personal injury is three years for adults but ends only two years after a minor victim’s eighteenth birthday.

At Groth Law Firm, S.C., we have a skilled, dedicated, proven, and compassionate team ready to help you seek justice during a difficult and emotional time. If you or your child has been the victim of sexual misconduct by a coach or other trusted trainer, contact us immediately at 414-375-2030, or toll free at 1-800-375-7001

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. The legal statutes, laws, and procedures contained in this article may not be current and may have been revised since the time of publication or may contain errors. An attorney can provide legal guidance only after reviewing the details of your individual case.

Thou Shall Not Envy

Thou Shall Not Envy

Massage Envy. Once the envy of all fast-food-like massage therapy chains, the company has come under fire in recent weeks as at least 180 sexual assaults have been reported. In the shadows of (taking a deep breath) Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Stone, Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Steven Segal, Sen. Al Franken, Dustin Hoffman, and Jeremy Piven (the guy who played an agent called “turtle” for some reason), it seems Massage Envy is just the latest in a long line of big names to be linked to sexual assault.

Unfortunately, while 180 assaults have been reported (to date), the sad truth is that more and more are expected to come forward. In a society where sexual assault is becoming commonplace, more brave victims are finally standing up, speaking out, and being heard. While Massage Envy is certainly not the last major corporation to be rocked by such allegations, with locations in 49 states it has certainly brought the conversation out of Hollywood and into the homes of every family across the country. As the discussion deepens, we here at Groth Law Firm want to assure you that you are not alone.

If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of a sexual assault, you should contact us immediately to discuss any potential legal options that you may have. Our dedicated and compassionate attorneys are available for a free consultation day or night. Our priority is our clients, and we can guide you through the path to bring justice to you or someone you know. Please call us at (414) 375-2030.