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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.

Wind Lake Gymnastics Center and Claims against James Kivisto

Our firm is currently investigating claims against the Racine County based gymnastics center known as “Wind Lake Gymnastics Center,” its owner James “Jim” Kivisto and USA Gymnastics.  There are possibly hundreds of victims from our community.  It seems that James Kivisto had been videotaping young girls for quite a while and now admits that he recorded his victims changing on “multiple occasions.”  Fox 6 Milwaukee has posted numerous articles about these incidents and the work that the Racine Sheriff and law enforcement now have to undertake to decipher who was, in fact, a victim of these crimes.

The sad thing is that any parent whose child was coached at Wind Lake Gymnastics may be a victim and it’s not unreasonable that all parents have now had to talk with young kids about this.  Many parents are asking themselves whether they can ever trust a coach again.    Attorney Groth recently stated, “The lack of diligence in certifying Wind Lake Gymnastics has cost our community so much.  I hope these kids are able to continue in sports – its such an important part of growing up.  But, as a parent I understand if you want to never let your child out of your sight!”

If you would like to talk about the process involved in claims like those against the Windy Lake Gymnastics Center and James Kivisto please call our office (414-375-2030).  Our attorneys have tried negligent supervision cases and Attorney Groth has helped a number of survivors of assault and rape obtain verdicts (and the closure associated with a verdict) before Wisconsin Circuit Courts.

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“One incident is too many” – Sexual Assaults at Spa Chain

“One incident is too many”

At least 180 sexual assaults have been reported against the national spa chain Massage Envy. Massage Envy in their response to an inquiry by USA Today stated that “We believe that even one incident is too many.” However, according to investigations by Buzzfeed, 180 is merely the number of reported incidents and that there may be many more assault allegations that were settled by Massage Envy without publicity.

The sexual assault claims against Massage Envy come amidst a flurry of recent allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. More victims may be coming forward now as the discourse over sexual assault becomes more open and accepting after years of social stigma.

Decades of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein becoming known have brought more media attention to sexual assault and harassment. Seeing people like Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star and Old Spice promoter Terry Crews come forward and name their alleged assaulters and harassers, may make victims more comfortable discussing their own assaults.

Massage Envy has locations in 49 states, including 14 locations in Wisconsin, most of which are in the greater Milwaukee area. As has been widely discussed in the coverage of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged assaults and now with Massage Envy, depending on the circumstances, sexual assault and or harassment can create civil liability and leave the assaulter or harasser open to a civil case.

If you have been the victim of sexual assault you have several options:

  • Contact the police to file a report
  • See a doctor for any medical related concerns
  • Contact a victims’ support line

If you are the victim of sexual assault, you may also want to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss any legal options you have, up to and including a civil case against your attacker. As always, please call Groth Law Firm, S.C. to speak with our dedicated and compassionate attorneys about any questions you have. We are available 24/7 to discuss your options as a victim. Our initial consultations are always free.  We have one of the few attorneys in Wisconsin that has taken attackers to trial and obtained judgments for compensation.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/10/10/a_list_of_sexual_assault_and_harassment_allegations_against_harvey_weinstein.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/11/27/massage-envy-therapists-accused-180-sexual-assaults/896972001/