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Lieff Cabraser Partner Annika K. Martin Appointed Interim Co-Class Counsel for Plaintiffs in U of M / Anderson Sexual Abuse Class Action

On May 26, 2020, Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin was appointed to serve as Plaintiffs’ Interim Co-Class Counsel in the sexual abuse litigation against the University of Michigan and Dr. Robert E. Anderson pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of former student-patients, alleges that Anderson abused his position to repeatedly and regularly sexually assault University students in the guise of providing medical care, and that the University of Michigan and its Regents allowed and enabled that abuse during his employment at the University from 1968 through 2003.

A University of Michigan press release noted that the sexual abuse allegations against Anderson are said to be “disturbing and very serious,” and include claims of unnecessary and intimate exams by a doctor with unrestricted access to male college athletes over a period extending over three decades. Interim Class Counsel released a statement concurrent with today’s appointment:

“We plan to seek recourse for all of Dr. Anderson’s victims — whether they choose to come forward or not — and ensure nothing like this can ever happen again at the University of Michigan. UM should not be able to use its secret claims program to avoid legal scrutiny and sweep its failures under the rug. We will ensure UM is held accountable through a transparent process overseen by the court that gives every survivor a voice and an opportunity to obtain justice.”

Learn more about the sexual abuse class action lawsuit against the University of Michigan.

If You Are A Victim of Sexual Abuse

Lieff Cabraser represents individuals nationwide in sexual abuse lawsuits against their physicians, teachers, clergy, and other abusers, including the USC sexual abuse litigation filed on behalf of nearly 18,000 women abused by University gynecologist George Tyndall, where Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin serves as co-lead class counsel whose efforts led to a historic settlement for victims of $215 million and sweeping institutional reforms at USC.

If you were sexually abused by Dr. Robert Anderson, we urge you to contact Annika or Lieff Cabraser attorney Patrick Andrews today about your legal rights and potential recovery at 800 541-7358 or by using the secure form on this page. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your case, and all information will be held in the strictest confidence.