We represent former students in sexual abuse lawsuits against The Hotchkiss School. The suits allege that, during their time at the Hotchkiss College Preparatory School in Connecticut in the mid-1980s and 1990s, the former students were subjected to ritual hazing of a sexual nature by older student-proctors and that they were raped by male teachers known to the School as pedophiles who had abused numerous other male students at the School.
On July 9, 2019, U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden (D. Conn.) ruled that a former student’s sexual abuse lawsuit against Hotchkiss can move forward. Though the judge dismissed a count of intentional infliction of emotional distress against the school, he ruled that the case can proceed on the four other counts, those of breach of fidicuary duty, recklessness, negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Lieff Cabraser has also filed a separate suit on behalf on another former Hotchkiss student who alleges sexually assault by Smith. That case is pending.