Lieff Cabraser represents three former student-athletes and one current student-athlete in a sexual abuse class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the NCAA Board of Governors. The complaint alleges that the NCAA put student-athletes at all NCAA member schools in harm’s way by failing to prohibit sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual contact between coaches and student-athletes, and by permitting coaches accused of sexual abuse to move unfettered between NCAA schools. The complaint also alleges specific claims against former track coach John Rembao on behalf of all NCAA student-athletes coached by Rembao during his career as track and cross-country coach at the University of Arizona, University of Texas-Austin and other NCAA universities.
But the suit is not limited to those coached by Rembao – undoubtedly other abusers like Rembao were harbored and given access and opportunity to abuse student-athletes as a result of the NCAA’s failure to prevent it at member schools. The complaint further alleges that the NCAA facilitated a national epidemic by perpetuating a cycle of sexual abuse—like that seen in the Catholic Church—because it chose not to implement rules or impose any sanctions that would require schools to take steps to prevent and report abuse by coaches like Rembao and deter perpetrators. The lawsuit seeks immediate adoption of clear and best practices around coach-student relationships, and compensation for those who were subjected to abuse as a result of the NCAA’s failures to employ such practices.
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.